A new trailer has dropped for The Witch, the upcoming horror film that’s been gathering quite the respectable reviews on the festival circuit.
Written and directed by newcomer Robert Eggers, The Witch tells the story of a family living on the edge of an impassible wilderness in New England, 1630. Everything begins to descend into hell when the family’s newborn son suddenly dissappears, leaving the parents and their children unraveling with fears and anxieties, which in turn leaves them open to evil.
The new marketing piece furthers the creepy, unsettling tone delivered in that first trailer, emphasising the family’s paranoia and confusing rather than focusing on the evil that lurks around almost every frame.
While the film looks visually impressive, carefully crafted shots and framing driving home unease, our Louise Agostino wasn’t quite convinced, suggesting the film’s subdued tones ultimately work against it. You can find her review HERE.
The rest of us can judge for ourselves when the film is released. The Witch opens in the U.S. on February 19 and the U.K. on March 11. No Australian release date has been announced as yet.
Be sure to check out three of the film’s posters beneath the trailer below.
Synopsis for The Witch:
In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630. 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.
Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival – winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition – painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions tragically turned to mass hysteria. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin – in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy – and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.