If you thought you’ve seen all of the creepiest horror movies, just wait ’til you see “The Witch”, an upcoming horror movie that just gave us major chills through its first trailer.
“The Witch” is directed by newcomer Robert Eggers. It earned Eggers the “Directing Award for Drama” award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival due to its chilling spin on the genre.
Set decades before the Salem witch trials, it centres on a devout Christian family who moves to New England to start a new life. All seems well until tragic things start happening to them – their crops fail and their infant son goes missing. Everyone grows increasingly suspicious of one another when one of the family’s young children also gets possessed.
The official synopsis is as follows:
New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. In his debut feature, writer/director Robert Eggers painstakingly designs an authentic re-creation of New England — generations before the 1692 trials in Salem — evoking the alluring and terrifying power of the timeless witch myth. Told through the eyes of Thomasin, the teenage daughter, and supported by haunting camera work and an ominous score, The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.
Newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy, who previously appeared in several British TV series, made her major breakthrough via her leading performance as Thomasin in “The Witch”. Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie are also starring in it as her parents, William and Katherine. The film also co-stars Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, and Lucas Dawson.
Watch the haunting trailer below:
“The Witch” is slated for release sometime in 2016.
For more information, visit A24’s official website.