With major studio movies hogging the release schedules most of the summer, scant elbow room was left for any indie genre flicks to make their mark. But help is on the way! Here's a morbid morsel titled The Witch, an alarming new paranormal horror movie by first-time director Robert Eggers.
This creepy, 17th-century-set folktale was a sensation at this year's Sundance Film Festival and took home the Best Director Prize for U.S. narrative feature. It has the sophisticated rawness of the best psychological horror classics married with a sinister vibe enhanced by its historical grounding in those superstitious Puritan times. Sharp eyes will recognize a couple of Game of Thrones alumni mixed into the cast, like Ralph Ineson, who played the vicious Ironborn reaver, Dagmer, in Season 2, and Kate Dickie, who gave such a mercurial performance as the jealous Lady of the Vale, Lysa Arryn. Eggers has recently been recruited to helm Studio 8's Nosferatu remake .
Here's the official 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.
Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (and won 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 and pagan folklore famously clashed. 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.
The Witch is due to haunt theaters sometime in 2016, after being picked up at Sundance by A24 Films for distribution. Until then, guard yourself for this terrifying trailer featuring a bewitching brew of black magic, witchcraft and infectious colonial paranoia. You'll never play peek-a-boo again!
(Via Geek Tyrant)