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New Horror: The Witch (2015)

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. (R, 92 min.)


Monday, October 9, 2023

8:00 PM

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

8:00 PM

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.
In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness. [A24]

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
Director: Robert Eggers
Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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"A near-masterpiece of creeping dread and hallucinatory imagery."

— Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

"An unsettling journey back to a time when Satan seemed much closer to our world."

— Rafer Guzman, Newsday

"A hugely assured debut, The Witch is a beautiful, bleak brainworm that will haunt you for days."

— Chris Hewitt (UK), Empire Magazine

"Aware that gender, as much as faith, remains a burning issue, Eggers makes our hearts swell and our brains sweat."

— Charlotte O'Sullivan, London Evening Standard

"'The Witch' isn't typical gorehound material; it has an art film prestige and a commitment to period authenticity."

— Adam Graham, Detroit News

"This phenomenal debut feature by Robert Eggers has a singular style and tone, and its horror flows from the deepest wellsprings of human nature."

— Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"I'm fairly positive scares are not the point. Eggers takes things to a place that's far more disconcerting, showing how human nature can be the most destructive of all forces."

— Sara Michelle Fetters,

"A film that surrounds you with a general yet mostly indescribable sense of unease, less through its violence or blood than its mood and tension. And then it clobbers you."

— Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

"A feature debut of startling confidence, Robert Eggers's The Witch is not only an excellent horror film, but also a captivating study in extreme paranoia and the fragile bonds of family."

— Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

"One of the scariest horror movies in years - and not the creep-up-and-prod-you kind of scary either, but a profound, unsettling dread that gnaws at your bones, and which comes back to find you in the dark."

— Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph (UK)

"For anyone seeking an intelligent, atmospheric American horror story reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe, Hawthorne and the Brothers Grimm, 'The Witch' is the kind of pure movie magic that sends chills up the spine."

— Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

"With incredible attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to the world he has created, Eggers slowly, surely builds tension until it's almost unbearable. And that's delightful, if you're a horror fan. It's a terrific film."

— Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic