Robert Egger’s debut horror film, The Witch, stirred up quite a fuss back at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and it’s been a movie I’ve been fiending to see ever since. We still have a while to wait, but A24 just released a terrifying new trailer. Check it out after the jump.
Set in New England in the 1630s, there’s not actually that much in this trailer that should be frightening, but with the squeezing tension and ominous mood, they create a portrait of an atmospheric, unnerving film. If this is just a taste, I can’t wait to dig into the main course.
Here’s a synopsis:
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 has garnered crazy high marks from the few places whose opinion I trust in such matters, and if this trailer is any indication, it’s well worth the hype. The film doesn’t open until 2016, but you better put this one on your I-need-to-see-this-now list. Take a look at the trailer and a new poster below.