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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 01.12.16] horror

Easily topping my list of early 2016 releases is Robert Eggers' The Witch, a film I've heard a lot about coming out of the 2015 festival circuit. Shot with immense confidence and oozing atmosphere, this "New-England Folktale" looks simply unparalleled in both unsettling subject matter and technique.

A new trailer has dropped for the film which is seeing release from distributor A24 (Ex Machina) and, besides some new footage, it gives us our first glimpse at the titular witch, which appears to be portrayed in a totally grotesque and unique way.

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest - within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately - animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit.

With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member's faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

Questions abound: is it actually a witch, or a lost soul who's attracted the wrath of a devout puritan family. We shall see!

The Witch sees release February 19, 2016.

Recommended Release: The Witches: Salem 1692

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wtf (4 years ago) Reply

not really :-/


RayGun (4 years ago) Reply

This might actually get me out of my comfortable little hole and into a dark, dank open space of a movie theater.

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