A24 has released a new trailer for Robert Eggers‘ The Witch, which is being hailed as one of the most anticipated films of 2016. Set in 17th Century New England, a deeply religious mother and father believe that a dark force has descending on their plantation located deep within an ominous forest. Soon the heads of the family believe that their eldest daughter has become possessed by evil spirits, and start to accuse her of witchcraft. Something that she adamantly denies.
Based on the trailer, The Witch is a bit unconventional horror film that doesn’t rely on cheap jump scares, but rather a cold unnerving chill that will continue to build until the moment is right. Check out the latest trailer for film below.
Though The Witch hits theaters this year, it actually made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last year, and to much critical acclaim.
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, and Lucas Dawson, Eggers’ The Witch doesn’t have any jump scares and it is not based on a hit property. Instead, there is an intense feeling that builds through the use of a terrifying score, excellent shot selections, and from what those who have already seen it have said “terrific performances.” It should make for a very exciting watch, and hopefully will be the horror sleeper hit of 2016.
The Witch opens in theaters on February 19, 2016
Here is the official synopsis for the film:
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 familyâ€™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 â€“ within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately â€“ 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 memberâ€™s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways. Writer/director Robert Eggersâ€™ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival â€“ winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition â€“ 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 â€“ in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy â€“ and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.