The Witch is set in New England, 1630, where William (Ralph Ineson – The Office, and a million voiceovers) and Katherine (Kate Dickie – Prometheus, Filth) 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. ‘The Witch’ is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.
The trailer for The Witch packs a lot of weird shit into the trailer, most of it befalling Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), but while it’s full of quotes of praise, the proof of this pudding will be in the eating. I’m not wholly sold on it from the trailer, but I’ll give it a go when it’s released.
As the trailer shows, and as IMDB confirms, the film is shot in a slightly-narrow 1.66:1 widescreen ratio. Rather a curious oddity. I can’t really see why, but John Maclean also did the same for the recent Slow West, also shot with Arri Alexa cameras.
The Witch just has a release date of ‘2016’, so don’t hold your breath waiting for it.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:
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