After dazzling Sundance audiences and earning Robert Eggers the Best Director prize, “The Witch” is finally kicking off its marketing campaign, thanks to A24, with one of the scariest trailers in recent memory.
Billed as a “New England Folktale,” writer-director Eggers’ accomplished feature-length debut is both an elegant period piece about the dissolution of a New England family circa 1630, and a genuinely unsettling horror movie about possession.
The film centers on Puritanical Christians William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickey), who haul their five children to an isolated patch of wilderness in the hopes of living out an idyllic existence. But the space has an eerie quality from the outset, and it doesn’t take long for creepy occurrences to endanger their cozy setup, particularly those revolving around their blonde teenage daughter (Anya Taylor-Joy).
The spine-tingling debut trailer hints at the terror to come, while showcasing the haunting and gorgeous cinematography from Jarin Blaschke. Whatever you do, don’t watch it alone.
“The Witch” will hit the Toronto International Film Festival in September. A24 will release the film in 2016. Check out the debut poster for the film below.