This trailer for THE WITCH will leave you cursed

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I feel sorry for goats. Really, they have a bad time of it, what with being associated with the devil and all. And in this freaky first-time, feature-length movie from Robert Eggers I don’t see anything changing.

It’s no secret that I enjoy horrors – the good ones mind you, not the Jessebelle‘s out there – so I am happy that the chatter coming out of the Sundance Film festival this year has been extremely positive about The Witch. It sounds like a promising addition to my horror library and I cannot wait to be freaked out by a movie that deals with possession in a more subtle manner than say, The Vatican Tapes (spits on floor). Here’s the synopsis followed by the trailer (which kinda comes across as a huge ‘these people love it, you should/will too!).

New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. In his debut feature, writer/director Robert Eggers painstakingly designs an authentic re-creation of New England – generations before the 1692 trials in Salem – evoking the alluring and terrifying power of the timeless witch myth. Told through the eyes of Thomasin, the teenage daughter (in a star-making performance by Anya Taylor-Joy), and supported by haunting camera work and an ominous score, The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.

That looks rather hectic. A family living on the outskirts of civilization turning on each other while an evil force works its magic, sounds like it’ll go well with popcorn and a blanket to cover my eyes keep me warm. Sadly, the only information on its release is for sometime in 2016, but we’ll keep you posted when we know more.

Last Updated: August 20, 2015

Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn't real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It's a Wonderful Life, which wasn't so wonderful that day. Since then I've watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn't nigh by hiding in movies.

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