The Witch Movie Trailer. Robert Eggers‘ The Witch (2015) movie trailer stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, and Harvey Scrimshaw. The Witch‘s plot synopsis: “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. ‘The Witch’ is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.”
The hair on my neck was raised ever since first hearing of this little horror gem that Sundance audiences loved so much. The director, Robert Eggers, won the ‘Best Director’ award at that festival, and the synopsis alone let my imagination loose on a forest at night, and what terrifying witch-like force lurks within. Check out the poster, first, to get a taste:
Doesn’t this look great? I love the satanic, cult-like symbolism that this animal and its horns imbue the tone of the film with. This just keeps tickling my fancy. Let’s move into the plot of the film, and get to the trailer!
According to Bloody-Disgusting, “Set in New England circa 1630, ‘The Witch’ follows a farmer who get cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be controlled by witches. Almost immediately, strange and unsettling things begin to happen-the animals turn violent, the crops fail, and one of the children disappears, only to return seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to point the finger at teenage daughter Thomasin. They accuse her of witchcraft, which she adamantly denies…but as circumstances become more and more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty, and love will be tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.”
This is my kind of horror film. I love mystery, suspense, a small, basic idea, and the supernatural – when done right. One of my favourite horror films is The Blair Witch Project, and I can only hope this reaches levels similar to that. Of course, that’s a high bar, so I’ll settle for tight suspense, believable acting, and stretched out moments of dread.
In any case, this trailer gives me hope! I like what I see, here. Though the lighting feels somewhat too realistic, at least in the outdoor scenes, it makes sense for the story. This takes place hundreds of years ago, after all, and electricity is reserved for small pockets of society. Our protagonists here don’t live in cities. They live in the woods. At the edge of darkness. Where a witch lives… God, I love this stuff.
I will, however, have to get past the two familiar faces of Ralph Ineson (Finchy from The Office) and Kate Dickie (Lysa Arryn from Game of Thrones) to properly immerse myself. I reckon that’ll happen rather quickly.
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