‘The Witch’ Gets Resurrected with a Trailer for the Film’s Re-Release

     March 30, 2016

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The Witch had the biggest weekend opening for distributor A24 at $8.8 million, and now with $24 million in its pocket, it’s just shy of the studio’s current record holder Ex Machina, which sits at $25.4 million. The studio thinks it has a good chance of pushing Robert Eggers’ terrific little horror film past that mark, and so it’s giving the film a re-release this weekend. A24 has also provided a new The Witch trailer that’s packed with references to things that will delight those who have already seen the movie.

Personally, I loved The Witch, but I don’t know if I would go back to give it a repeat viewing. I found the film so utterly disturbing and scary and that I’m not sure I would want to go through that experience again. While I know others didn’t find it all that terrifying, horror is a subjective experience. However, the craft in The Witch is undeniable, and if you haven’t seen the movie, it’s worth checking out. It may not scare you, but it will leave an impression.

Check out the re-release trailer below along with a VFX reel that goes into the subtle digital effects work that helped bring the movie to life.

Here’s the official synopsis:

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 circa 1630. 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. Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival – winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition – painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions tragically turned to mass hysteria. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin – in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy – and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.

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