The 2015 Sundance Director Award winner which received official Satanic credentials is coming to Blu-Ray and DVD May 17. The Witch has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike, receiving the “Certified Fresh” from Rotten Tomatoes and being called the scariest horror film in over 20 years by We Are Indie Horror‘s own Carlos Menjivar.
Written and directed by Robert Eggers, The Witch tells the story of a Puritan family living a life of isolation of a 1630 New England. When their youngest child goes missing, the eldest is blamed of witchcraft. Drawing from actual accounts of witchcraft and possession in New England, the critically acclaimed film features authentic settings and a creepy atmosphere. Written entirely in Old English, The Witch is a much needed break from the monotonous jump scare quick shooting horror that has made it’s way to the forefront of our genre. The Witch is a slow burn film that leaves its audience sitting on the edge of their seats. You can read our full review HERE.
The Witch stars Anya Taylor-Joy (Viking Quest), Ralph Ineson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Katie Dickie (Game of Thrones). The film also includes a one of a kind soundtrack from composer Mark Korven, who has an interview scheduled for release later this week from We Are Indie Horror.
Director Robert Eggers worked diligently to make sure The Witch is as accurate as possible, while making the vast openness of the wilderness setting somehow much smaller, almost giving a claustrophobic feeling throughout the film.
The Blu-Ray and DVD will be released by Lionsgate and will include some extra features including a directors commentary, The Witch: A Primal Folklore featurette, a Salem Panel Q&A, a design gallery, and more. The suggested retail price for the Blu-Ray and DVD will be $24.99 and $19.98 respectively, and will both include digital copies of the film. Pre-order links coming soon!
If you purchase one film this year on hard media, this is the one to do it. With it’s beautiful cinematography and chilling score, The Witch is a film to view in all HD glory. Not to mention the film is made for repeated viewings due to the depth of the story and the intensity felt throughout. Horror fans and fearmakers, learn something from The Witch.