It’s officially February, which means we’re a mere 19 days away from Robert Eggers’ directorial debut, The Witch. Continuing with a masterful handling of all their features, A24 released a brand-new trailer for Eggers’ film, which once again touts an inexplicable horror story set in 17th-century New England. There’s understandably been a lot of buzz since its Sundance premiere last year, where the film earned an award for Directing: U.S. Dramatic, and picked up a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic. Since then, those who have been fortunate enough to witness the terror have declared The Witch one of the best horror films in recent memory, if not one of the best of all time. The latter declaration seems a bit hyperbolic, but I can’t deny the hype surrounding it.
From what I’ve gathered, Eggers relies on unnerving subtly as opposed to egregious jump scares that so often plague the horror genre. All the trailers leading up to the release have revealed basic plot points, while alluding to something far more sinister than any of us can imagine. For those just tuning in, The Witch follows a Puritan family who lives in exile from their community. When their youngest goes missing, the family suspects their oldest of witchcraft, allowing an unspeakable evil to work its way into the fold.
As the resident horror buff, I guarantee this is one film you’re not going to want to miss. The Witch stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, and Julian Richings. Check out the new trailer and let us know what you think.
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