In the year since Robert Eggers’ "The Witch" became the Sundance sensation of 2015, various press outlets (Indiewire included) have been over the moon in declaring the movie a terrifying new horror classic. Words like that can certainly set a high bar, but if you happen to think the movie won’t deliver on its promise of terror, perhaps this news will seal the deal.
The Satanic Temple has just given the movie an official sanction, declaring it as a "transformative Satanic experience." In celebration, the group will be launching premiere screenings of "The Witch" beginning in New York City on February 10 that will include interactive performances and ritualized pronouncements of a "new Satanic era." Screenings will follow in Los Angeles (February 12), Austin (February 16) and Detroit (to be determined).
In an official statement made by The Satanic Temple, the group says it "is confident [the film] will signal the call-to-arms for a Satanic uprising against the tyrannical vestiges of bigoted superstitions, and will harken a new era of liberation and unfettered inquiry."
Added The Satanic Temple’s National Spokesperson Jex Blackmore, "We are empowered by the narrative of ‘The Witch’: a story of pathological pride, old-world religious paradigms, and an outsider who grabs persecution by the horns." She goes on to praise the film’s plot, which "departs from the victim" narrative of witchcraft and stands as a "declaration of feminine independence."
The group has also launched a website for the film entitled "The Satanic Revolution," where viewers can find more information and officially register themselves into "The Book of Satan."
A24 will release "The Witch" nationwide on February 19.