The buzzy indie horror flick The Witch is gearing up for its national debut — and the studio has dropped a new trailer to keep us good and terrified while we wait.
Framed around the scariest game of “peekaboo” in history, the latest trailer shows off more of the creepy world we’ll see in the 1630-set horror film. We get to meet the family at the heart of the story, as well as some of the creepy animals and circumstances that will populate the tale of suspicion, paranoia and terror. If you’re worried about spoilers, /Film notes that the trailer doesn’t reveal much of anything from the film’s back half. So this is really just a nice primer.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
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.
Check out the new trailer below and let us know what you think:
The Witch opens nationwide Feb. 19.