Winner of Sundance’s Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic category, The Witch tells a haunting story of a family’s unraveling in colonial America.
I’m excited to watch this film because it’s based on America’s first witch hysteria that took place in Stratford, Connecticut, 30 years before the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Watching the trailer, I see themes of religiosity, zealotry, and betrayal. The trailer opens to a family of five innocently traveling to the wilderness to create a homestead. They pray together, eat together, and farm together. They are the picture perfect family. One of the daughters, Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), is playing peek-a-boo with the youngest sibling, when suddenly he vanishes. After the infant goes missing, Thomasin is accused of witchcraft.
I don’t think the horror in this film is focused on witchcraft, but rather what happens when extreme fear takes over a family. There are scenes where Thomasin and her brother are offered as sacrifices to do away the “evil” that has bestowed their family.
Despite the disturbing content associated with the film, I’m excited to watch The Witch because it’s different from many of the horrors I’ve seen before.
New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another.
The Witch will open in theaters in 2016. It was directed by Robert Eggers and it stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, and Kate Dickie.