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The best film I saw at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was Robert Eggers' "The Witch," a super-stylish, super-scary, witchy brew of madness that bears the mark of a seasoned auteur. Now that the film has been shuffled to early 2016 release (boo) from A24, "The Witch" also has a new trailer (below). Painterly images, ye-olde English, oozing ominous portent and pitch-perfect period detail drive chilling "The Witch," tale of a family of 17th-century New England settlers pushed to hysteria and violence by the malevolent, titular force nesting in the woods. Anya-Taylor Joy gives a breakout performance as the teenaged daughter of puritan parents, played by the brutally committed Kate Dickie and Ralph Ineson. This is the most exciting and important (and not to mention genuinely horrifying) American horror film since "The Blair Witch Project" blew up Sundance in 1999. Read More: 5 Films That Influence 'The Witch,' Sundance's Scariest Horror. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Witch, set in 1600's New England, follows an excommunicated farmer and his family. They have been forced off into a land rimmed by supposedly haunted forests. Immediately, all doubts go to the wayside, and cursed things begin to torment them. As the anxiety and paranoia begin to swell, all fingers point to teenage daughter Thomasin, who they accuse of witchcraft...
The Witch director, Robert Eggers, won best director for a dramatic film at Sundance and was almost immediately slated to direct the new Nosferatu remake. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, take a look at the unnerving trailer for a glance at Eggers striking images and formal compositions. The film is shot from the point of view of Thomasin (a lauded star making turn by Anna Taylor Joy) the adolescent at the center of a heightened religious/pagan folklore friction.
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Following a splashy debut at Sundance, A24 has released the first trailer for Robert Eggers' "The Witch" which one the Best Director award at the fest. Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson star.
Set in 17th century New England, the story follows a farmer who get cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move to a place on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be under witch control. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to point the finger at his teenage daughter.
- Garth Franklin
The Witch Movie Trailer. Robert Eggers‘ The Witch (2015) movie trailer stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, and Harvey Scrimshaw. The Witch‘s plot synopsis: “New England, 1630: William and Katherine 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 […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
A24 Films has released a poster and trailer for writer-director Robert Eggers’ upcoming horror The Witch. Described as “a New-England folktale”, the film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where Eggers received the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic category. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
New England, 1630: William and Katherine 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. In his debut feature, writer/director Robert Eggers painstakingly designs an authentic re-creation of New England — generations before the 1692 trials in Salem — evoking the alluring and terrifying power of the timeless witch myth. Told through the eyes of Thomasin, the teenage daughter (in a star-making performance by Anya Taylor-Joy), and supported by haunting camera work and an ominous score, »
- Gary Collinson
The Witch will make its Canadian premiere at next month's Tiff, which runs from September 10th–20th. It was recently announced that Eggers is set to pen and direct the remake of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, and his work on the critically acclaimed The Witch certainly helped line him up for that gig.
Synopsis: "New England, 1630: William and Katherine 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. In his debut feature, writer/director »
- Derek Anderson
A24 Films has released the new, and disturbing, trailer for The Witch.
Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the film screened in January at the Sundance Film Festival.
Variety’s Justin Chang wrote, “Writer-director Robert Eggers makes an impressive feature debut with this gripping historical horror-thriller.”
A colonial family leaves plantation life and attempts to reap their harvest on a fledgling farm at the edge of an imposing ancient New England forest.
Superstition and dread set in as food grows scarce, a family member goes missing, and the children’s play takes on a frenzied and menacing undercurrent. As they begin to turn on one another, the malevolent machinations of an ethereal presence from within the woods exacerbate the growing corruption of their own nature.
- Michelle McCue
Evil takes many forms in the first trailer for the new horror movie, The Witch. This terrifying thriller was the winner of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival for dramatic directing. And it will have it's international Premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation. Along with the sneak peek, we also have the first poster, which is scary in its own right.
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. Set in New England circa 1630, The Witch follows a farmer who get cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be controlled by witches. Almost immediately, strange and unsettling things begin to happen-the animals turn violent, »
After scaring its way through Sundance (where it won Best Director in the Us Narrative Competition) and other festivals – the film is on its way to Toronto next month – Robert Eggers’ The Witch is headed to cinemas next year. The first trailer for the period horror movie has now crept online. The stylish, haunting drama is set in New England in 1630, where William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine’s (Kate Dickie) strictly devout life sees them largely shunned by their fellow colonials. The family moves to a remote plot of land on the edge of a forest rumoured to be controlled by witches and that’s when strange things start to happen. Animals turn against them, crops fail, and one of their children disappears, only to be returned seemingly possessed by evil spirits. As paranoia and recrimination rise, fingers point at the couple’s teenage daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), who is »
Filmmaker Robert Eggers made a major splash earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, taking home Best Director honours for his debut feature, which made its World Premiere at the festival.
Titled The Witch, the film is not only Eggers’ feature-length directorial debut, it’s also his feature-length screenwriting debut. The first trailer for the movie, which stars Kate Dickie, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Ralph Ineson, has now been released.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
New England, 1630: William and Katherine 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.
Based on the film’s reception at Sundance, Eggers was »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Evil takes many forms. A24 has debuted the first official trailer for The Witch, a film from Sundance this year written and directed by Robert Eggers, making his feature directing debut. Ralph Ineson stars as William, Kate Dickie stars as Katherine, in this vintage horror thriller set in New England in the 1600s about a family and their suddenly missing children. Eggers did win the Best Director award at Sundance this year for this film. It certainly seems very unsettling, and very unique, unlike most horror films we find these days. I'm not particularly into this, the whole thing about the goat seems campy to me. Take a look below. Here's the first official trailer for Robert Eggers' The Witch, direct from A24's YouTube: New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their »
- Alex Billington
The movie that freaked the f*ck out of everyone at Sundance earlier this year? Hands down, “The Witch,” a freaky possession horror set in the 1600s along the backdrop of the Salem witch trials in New England. Directed by first-time feature-length filmmaker Robert Eggers, the movie features an amazing breakthrough performance by Anya Taylor Joy, who plays the teenaged protagonist daughter of the film, and also includes Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson. Our review out of Sundance described the film as an “exquisite holy terror” and compared the filmmaking and tone to Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkvosky, David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick. Damn! Here’s the official synopsis: Read More: The Biggest Breakout Stars, Filmmakers & Newcomers Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn. »
- Edward Davis
After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
If you're a horror hound and you're planning on attending this year's Toronto International Film Festival, then you'll likely want to grab a seat for a newly added "Special Presentation" to the festival: Robert Eggers' The Witch.
The Witch will make its Canadian premiere at next month's Tiff, which runs from September 10th–20th. No official screening date has been revealed yet. The feature film directorial debut from Eggers, The Witch follows a New England family in colonial days who encounter something strange within the woods.
Robert Eggers, USA/Canada Canadian Premiere
A colonial family leaves plantation life and attempts to reap their harvest on a fledgling farm at the edge »
- Derek Anderson
Potential awards season contenders Truth from James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham’s I Saw The Light starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams land world premiere slots, while Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right will close the festival.
London is the subject of the seventh annual City To City programme that features world premieres of Tom Geens’ Couple In A Hole starring Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie and Michael Caton-Jones’ Urban Hymn with Letitia Wright and Shirley Henderson. Elaine Constantine’s Northern Soul gets a North American premiere.
Tiff top brass also unveiled the Contemporary World Cinema section, featuring »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Family Matters: Wolfe’s Unsettling Debut a Thriller with a Mean Streak
Premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, director Daniel Wolfe’s directorial debut, Catch Me Daddy, is most likely to inspire awe or ire as a denuded genre thriller, pared down to the barest essentials of abject miserabilism. There’s no one to innately empathize with, beyond being exposed to a central victim whom we must logically root for given her ambitious rebellion against the patriarchal straightjacket she was weaned from. Unfolding with methodical calm, the first time filmmaker manages to instill a mounting dread thanks to surprising, even shocking moments of gruesome violence, and that’s despite its lack of emotional posturing. Down and out working class folks thrust into dire straits is the name of the game here, and though a bit of additional context would’ve enhanced the basic premise, »
- Nicholas Bell
With writer/director David Robert Mitchell's Cannes-premiered "It Follows" bringing in over $16 million at the domestic box office on a slim $2 million budget, the theatrical market seems ripe for another arty horror movie hit to arise. So which of this year's festival favorites could follow (no pun intended) in "It Follows'" footsteps? With the close of the 3rd annual Stanley Film Festival on Sunday, below I've pegged six buzzed-about horror titles from this year's three major festivals so far (Sundance, SXSW and Stanley) that could become the next unlikely breakout in theaters. "The Witch" Director: Robert Eggers Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie Synopsis: New England, 1630: William and Katherine 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. Screened at: Sundance »
- Chris Eggertsen
20 year old newcomer Sally Messham, a final year student at Rada, has been cast as Jane Watkins, the daughter of exorcist Merrily, in ITV Encore’s new three-part drama Midwinter of the Spirit.
Sally (represented by Curtis Brown), will leave Rada early to take up the role alongside the double BAFTA award-winning actress Anna Maxwell-Martin who leads the cast as Merrily Watkins, a single mother who isn’t your average country vicar.
Merrily’s newly acquired training has put her on the dark side of the pulpit. She’s become one of the few women priests working as an exorcist - a job increasingly mistrusted by the modern Church and rarely talked about, even though it operates in virtually every diocese in the UK.
Merrily is deeply human in her doubts and scepticism, but her knowledge of the paranormal underworld brings her to the notice of local police who need »
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The pair will lead the three-part supernatural crime drama, which begins production in Herefordshire this month.
The series follows country vicar Merrily Watkins (Maxwell-Martin), who is one of the few women priests working as an exorcist in the UK. When a grisly murder takes place in her local area, the police come calling for her assistance.
Threlfall, who previously starred in Shameless, will play Rev Huw Owen, Watkins's mentor.
Also confirmed to star in the drama are Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley, Downton Abbey), Ben Bailey Smith (Law and Order: UK), Leila Mimmack (Home Fires), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), Simon Trinder (Dalziel and Pascoe), Oengus MacNamara »
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