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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, The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil. »
- Amie Cranswick
New site: www.EvilTakesManyForms.com
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. »
- Tamika Jones
Trying to find new scares in one of the oldest horror genre tropes around can be a difficult task, but writer/director Robert Eggers has found some fresh chills in the deep dark woods with "The Witch." Winning awards at the Sundance Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and London Film Festival, the film has been earning some noteworthy applause on the festival circuit, and next spring it's coming to raise some serious goosebumps. Starring Ralph Ineson, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson, Anya Taylor Joy, and Kate Dickie, the film centers on a family living as outcasts in 17th century America, who are slowly torn apart when the eldest daughter becomes suspected of witchcraft. It's a slow burn film, with a carefully crafted mood, an intense atmosphere, and a strict adherence to the argot of the era. It takes a few moments to get adjusted to its milieu, but once it settles in, »
- Edward Davis
Read More: Review: 'The Witch' is a Uniquely Spooky Discovery A24 is celebrating Friday the 13th with the release of a new poster for their Sundance winning horror sensation "The Witch." The company dropped a terrifying debut trailer and poster in August that set the Internet abuzz, and it looks like they're keeping in line with the film's foreboding tagline — "Evil takes many forms" — by switching the marketing focus from a ram to a raven. Billed as a "New-England Folktale," writer-director Robert Eggers' accomplished feature-length debut centers on Puritanical Christians William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickey), who haul their five children to an isolated patch of wilderness in the hopes of living out an idyllic existence. But the space has an eerie quality from the outset, and it doesn't take long for creepy occurrences to endanger their cozy setup, particularly those revolving around their blonde »
- Zack Sharf
Saturday night saw a host of actors and filmmakers come out for BFI’s London Film Festival awards, held at Banqueting House. The night saw awards handed out for best film, first feature, documentary and short film. Cate Blanchett, whose film Truth also premiered on the night, was awarded the prestigious BFI Fellowship which was presented to her by Lord of the Rings co-star Ian McKellen.Speaking on the red carpet, Blanchett seemed thrilled about her award. “It’s such an incredible honour. People who have been honoured before me have been great influences on me creatively. I’ve long adored cinema from this region, so I feel incredibly blessed to be here tonight.”Other wins on the night included French film Chevalier, which picked up the award for Best Film; Sherpa, which won Best Documentary and An Old Dog’s Diary, the winner of the Best Short Film. The Witch, »
Screening at the London Film Festival in the First Feature category following a very positive turn at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Robert Egger‘s The Witch is a supernatural horror set the 17th Century.
The film revolves around a Puritan family who have settled on their own in the wilderness of New England. When their new-born son mysteriously disappears, and their other children start to behave in very strange ways. they begin to suspect that their teenage daughter is actually a witch, and as the film progresses, and her actions become even more questionable, the family starts to break apart.
The Witch review
Robert Eggers has carved himself out quite a decent career in the world of film, acting as a production designer on numerous shorts, documentaries and low-budget works, and has even dabbled in costume design too. »
- Paul Heath
A first peek at the second series of ITV’s police thriller – with another familiar face for Life on Mars fans
They’re joined by a cast that includes MyAnna Buring (Banished, Ripper Street), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Utopia, Misfits), Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones, The Office) and Sammy Winward (Emmerdale). Written by Prey creator Chris Lunt, the new three-part story will see Cavaliero reprise her role as Reinhardt, now reporting in to Dci Mike Ward (Ralph Ineson). Glenister plays prison officer David Murdoch whose life becomes complicated when “events spiral out of control” on a routine visit to a Manchester hospital.
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- Richard Vine
The Witch is not what you’re expecting, this I can guarantee. Robert Eggers’ debut feature is most certainly not a horror film, though the themes are dark as coal. As the title card states this is a “New England Folk Tale” which is set sometime in the 1600s. William (Ralph Ineson) and his family are exiled from their community and forced to move to a secluded ranch near the forest. His five children range in age from 16 down, the oldest of which being Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy). While watching the infant, a game of peek-a-boo ends abruptly when the child disappears. A hunt for food draws William and his oldest son Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw) into an area of the woods which is not to be ventured into, wherein lives at least one of the titular witches. A series of events leads the family to believe Thomasin is herself a witch »
- Mike Hassler
It’s almost October, dear readers, and that means prestige movie season is just around the corner. But it also means that we’re going to be getting trailers for more of next year’s big movies. And this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ is just that, with our first look at Disney’s The Jungle Book.
Premise: The orphan boy Mowgli (Neel Sethi) grows up in the Indian jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, the bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray), and the black panther Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley).
My take: The Jungle Book (1967) holds a special place in the Disney animated canon, being the final animated film to be in production while Walt Disney was alive, and the first to be released following his death. And in the last five years, Disney has found quite a bit of success with live-action remakes of its animated classics. »
- Timothy Monforton
When the title of a film basically tells you what to expect, it’s sometimes hard to be surprised or shocked by the content of a film. This is both an advantage and disadvantage in The Witch. Yes, there’s a witch(es) but how they function in the story is different than what you would expect. The Witch is less interested in showcasing occult rituals and cackling hags – though a few scenes brilliantly showcase this. It’s more interested in using the fear of a witch to illustrate paranoia and mistrust within a family. Robert Eggers strives for more than just straight-up horror in his directorial debut. Therein lies a minor problem for genre fans. Yes, as the title states, there is a witch(es). You just might be surprised that The Witch isn’t necessarily a terrifying tale of she-devils on the prowl. Than again… that’s not necessarily a bad thing. »
- Michael Haffner
Since we live in a world where technology is constantly adapting to new conveniences, many horror movies tend to do the same. Constant cell phone usage mean victims always have a chance of contacting help, social media makes it much easier for legends to spread, and the internet makes information gathering all-too easy. But in keeping up with the times, filmmakers have forgotten how easy it was to execute horror in the olden days – except production-designer-turned-director Robert Eggers. Winding the clock back to colonial times, Eggers’ first feature, The Witch, is a brooding, pitch-black thriller about a family of English settlers who deal with supernatural beings that lurk in the surrounding woods. Famine, deathly illnesses, and evil witches. What a time to be alive!
- Matt Donato
As far as film debuts go, they don't come as terrifying as writer/director Robert Eggers' The Witch. A stunningly simple, period, family drama with loads of gothic mood and dripping with atmosphere, it isn't a horror that will appease genre fans wanting a jump-scare every 15 minutes. Nor will it satiate gore-hounds looking for blood and guts strewn throughout. The Witch, instead, draws its horror from the unseen forces at work in the universe that slowly, but surely, breaks down a family until there's hardly anything, maybe nothing at all, left. Every scene of Eggers' film is crafted with an inherent tension, every shot a gorgeous composition of wood, dirt and fog. The Witch doesn't have an immediate impact, but it damn sure festers. Making up that family unit at the center of the story are the parents, William and Katherine, played by "Game of Thrones" co-stars Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie. »
- Jeremy Kirk
Read more of our Fantastic Fest 2015 coverage here. William (Ralph Ineson) has taken issue with the behavior of his village’s leadership and believes they’re not properly following the word of God, but instead of changing their ways his complaints result in the banishment of him and his family. He, along with his wife Katherine (Kate Dickie) and five children, moves out to a solitary patch of land bordering a dark forest to begin anew, but the pressures of leading a pious life take their toll on the entire family. To be fair, the witch in the woods who abducts, murders and bathes in his infant son’s blood isn’t helping matters. It’s safe to say that writer/director Robert Eggers‘ feature debut, The Witch, giveth no shites about your genre expectations. The film is a powerful slow burn dripping in period detail, dialogue authenticity and atmospheric dread, and »
- Rob Hunter
A24 made The Witch release announcement today via Twitter:
There is evil in the wood. And it's almost time to let it out. #TheWitch – This February pic.twitter.com/n5QQRfZG4Q
— A24 (@A24) September 24, 2015
"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 »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Sundance Review: 'The Witch' is a Uniquely Spooky Discovery Ever since A24 acquired Robert Eggers' "The Witch" after its acclaimed Sundance premiere, horror lovers have been anticipating when the distributor would announce the film's official release date, and today they finally have their answer. In a rather surprising move, A24 has announced "The Witch" will eschew the traditional limited release window and open nationwide on February 26, 2016. Clearly, the distributor is banking on the film's critical acclaim and the success of genre films in the marketplace by dropping the film nationwide in its first weekend of release. Open Road Films tried a similar strategy with the Sundance hit "Dope" earlier this year, though it seemed to backfire and the film's box office ended up hurting because of it. Billed as a "New England Folktale," the film centers on Puritanical Christians William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine »
- Zack Sharf
Disney has unveiled the new trailer for director Jon Favreau’s live-action “Jungle Book” staring newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Emjay Anthony as Grey Brother, Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha and Ralph Ineson as Father Wolf. Take a look in the player below or above and let us know what you think. Are you entranced? »
- Roth Cornet
It's a jungle out there, all right. The first full-length trailer for Walt Disney Pictures' The Jungle Book debuted on Access Hollywood Live Monday. The movie stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli and features the voice talents of Emjay Anthony as Grey Brother, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, Ralph Ineson as Father Wolf, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Bill Murray as Baloo, Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha and Christopher Walken as King Louie. Director Jon Favreau stopped by the show and discussed what went into making the movie. "There's so much technical stuff we're doing. Every time someone would come to the set, I'd show them behind the curtain," he said. »
★★★★☆ Old hags, horned deceivers and scary forests have all been done to death and it's easy to see why audiences might tire of revisiting the same old tropes in new horror. 'Twould be best to banish such doubts where Robert Eggers' brooding debut feature and Sundance hit The Witch (2015) is concerned, however. It may tread familiar ground, but it does so with unsettling composure, repurposing recognisable genre motifs for the period tale of a god-fearing family beset on their isolated New England farm. As much about the fear of sin as it is about evil itself, this is incredibly atmospheric stuff dripping with puritanical dread and steeped in satanic folklore.
Superstition is the key ingredient in seasoning Eggers' premise, of a family straining beneath the gargantuan weight of their own fear and guilt, with the supernatural. If you are hoping for a crone to descend upon them from the woods »
- CineVue UK
Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, The Witch, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (and won the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition), recently released a new trailer. It was also announced that the film will enjoy its international premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival as a special presentation.
Set in a painstakingly recreated God-fearing 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 as animals turn violent, crops fail, and children go missing, only to reappear apparently possessed by malevolent spirits. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to point the finger at the farmer’s teenage daughter, who is accused of witchcraft. »
- Mike Tyrkus
The first teaser for the supernatural thriller The Witch is bound to terrify you.
A Puritan family seemingly find paradise in making their new settlement, only to discover that devilment could drive them to ruin.
Writer-director Robert Eggers's old-school horror movie is riding high off winning the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
It is also scheduled to be shown at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in September as part of the Special Presentations programming block.
The Witch is expected to reach cinemas next year. »
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