After becoming the breakout horror hit of last year’s Sundance Film Festival, Robert Eggers’ terrifying “The Witch” is finally opening in theaters next month. In a great sign of confidence (and yes, the movie is really good), distributor A24 will be skipping a traditional limited release in favor of a nationwide opening, and one quick look at the horrifying new trailer above hints that such a risk could pay off.
Billed as a “New England Folktale,” Eggers’ accomplished feature-length debut is a genuinely unsettling horror movie about possession. The film centers on Puritanical Christians William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickie) and their five children. After they move to an isolated patch of wilderness in the Northeast, things begin to get eerie as creepy occurrences start to endanger their lives.
What begins as an elegant period piece ultimately descends into a full-blown demonic possession fright fest, and the trailer above plays up both sides of the film’s superior halves. A24 will release “The Witch” in theaters nationwide February 19.