Unlike some other filmmakers and film buffs, I wasn’t able to attend Sundance (or any of the big Film Festivals as they cost a stump and a head to get to and into). I reckon the only way I’ll get into one is when (note that I say “when,” not “if”) a film I’ve made gets into one. Enough of my lamentations, however, as I initially had a point. Oh yes, if I’d gone to Sundance, the film on the top of my MUST-SEE list would’ve been THE WITCH, as everything I’ve seen and heard about the film makes it look like one of the creepiest horror tales to come along in some time. It doesn’t hurt that the one of the lines is: “There’s evil in the wood(s).” I’m a sucker for shit like that.
And then, in the trailer and on the poster, is that black goat (which could very well be a reference to the Devil and/or Lovecraft’s Shub-Niggurath, the Black Goat Of The Woods ((though in an intensely literal form as opposed to the shapeshifting being from beyond the stars)))! That thing alone is amazingly wild and horrifying! While the trailer does display a few insane bits, its true mastery is the way in which it sets up the terror and dread that, according to everything I’ve read, permeates this film to a masterful degree. Stay tuned, boils ‘n ghouls, as I’ll continue to report on this film as more comes along. Without further ado, however, here’s the trailer:
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.
The Witch features a cast that includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson.