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Ever since A24 acquired Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” after its acclaimed Sundance premiere, horror lovers have been anticipating when the distributor would announce the film’s official release date, and today they finally have their answer.
In a rather surprising move, A24 has announced “The Witch” will eschew the traditional limited release window and open nationwide on February 26, 2016. Clearly, the distributor is banking on the film’s critical acclaim and the success of genre films in the marketplace by dropping the film nationwide in its first weekend of release. Open Road Films tried a similar strategy with the Sundance hit “Dope” earlier this year, though it seemed to backfire and the film’s box office ended up hurting because of it.
Billed as a “New England Folktale,” 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).
Watch the official trailer above.