There has been a lot of buzz over the upcoming feature film The Witch over the past week or so. Not only has this film been on our radar for quite some time, but it has recently been officially endorsed by the Satanic Church. With this even transpiring, we couldn’t help but dive deeper into the film to see what it’s all about.
Written and directed by Robert Eggers, The Witch tells the following story:
New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.
Setting a film in 1630 pre-America is a real treat. There aren’t too many films that focus entirely on this period. An interesting time in our nations history when the Puritans ran the show and the ideas of witchcraft and devil warship were high on the fears of the people living in that time. The mysticism of that era mixed with the advanced story telling methods available today leads towards this film being quite exciting.
What’s more is that the film was in fact officially sanctioned by the Satanic Church. The National Spokesperson for the Satanic Temple Jex Blackmore released a letter separating The Witch from other witch oriented films which depict misogyny and witches as a victim. She says the film “features a declaration of feminine independence that both provokes puritanical America and inspires a tradition of spiritual transgression.” She also calls the film a “an impressive presentation of Satanic insight” and “a transformative Satanic experience.”
We’re not going to lie. Usually horror films that are released in January and February tend to not be too strong, as the “good ones” are saved for Summer blockbusters or Halloween treats. However, everything about The Witch seems brilliant, from the story line, to the trailer, to the Satanic commendations. Check out this exclusive clip of The Witch, which also contains director Robert Eggers talking about his film.
The Witch will be in theaters on February 19th worldwide.