It’s getting tougher and tougher to scare audiences these days. If it isn’t the film which lets people down (because it’s chock full of cliches or telegraphed jump scares) it is the trailers which give far too much away. But along comes A24‘s The Witch and things get back to basics. This is also very mysterious and legitimately creepy. No more words…enjoy the first look at The Witch below…
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.
The Witch is written and directed by Robert Eggers and stars Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, and Ellie Grainger. A24 has slated The Witch for release sometime in 2016.