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Release Date:
19 February 2016 (USA) See more »
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A New-England Folktale See more »
Plot:
A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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An unnerving, surreal descent into religious paranoia See more (366 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anya Taylor-Joy ... Thomasin

Ralph Ineson ... William

Kate Dickie ... Katherine

Harvey Scrimshaw ... Caleb
Ellie Grainger ... Mercy
Lucas Dawson ... Jonas

Julian Richings ... Governor
Bathsheba Garnett ... The Witch

Sarah Stephens ... The Witch, Young
Wahab Chaudhry ... Black Phillip (voice)
Axtun Henry Dube ... Samuel
Athan Conrad Dube ... Samuel

Viv Moore ... Lead Coven Witch (as Vivien Moore)
Karen Kaeja ... Coven Witch
Brandy Leary ... Coven Witch
R. Hope Terry ... Coven Witch
Carrie Eklund ... Coven Witch

Madlen Sopadzhiyan ... Coven Witch
Paul Kenworthy ... Militia Man 1
Mark Millmna ... Militia Man 2
Andy Volpe ... Militia Man 3
Phillip Wynne ... Wampanoag Man
Annawon Weeden ... Wampanoag Man
Michael O'Hare ... Pipe Smoker
Chris Messier ... Shepherd

Ron G. Young ... Old Slater (as Ron Young)
Nora Messier ... Shepherdess
Bill Rudder ... Settler
Grace Duffy ... Settler
Sophie Bermudez ... Settler
Corrine Manning ... Settler
Heather Fisher ... Chamber Pot Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooklyn Herd ... Noble Girl (uncredited)
Derek Herd ... Peasant Man 1 (uncredited)
Jeff Smith ... Nobelman (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Eggers 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Eggers 

Produced by
Daniel Bekerman .... producer
Thomas Benski .... executive producer
Jonathan Bronfman .... executive producer
Joel Burch .... co-producer
Brian Campbell .... line producer
Rosalie Chilelli .... co-producer
Chris Columbus .... executive producer
Eleanor Columbus .... executive producer
Mark Gingras .... co-executive producer
Julia Godzinskaya .... executive producer
Lauren Haber .... co-producer
Alexandra Johnes .... executive producer
Lars Knudsen .... producer
Ethan Lazar .... co-executive producer
Sophie Mas .... executive producer
Lon Molnar .... co-executive producer
Lucas Ochoa .... executive producer
Jodi Redmond .... producer
Michael Sackler .... executive producer
Alex Sagalchik .... executive producer
Lourenço Sant'Anna .... executive producer (as Lourenço Sant' Anna)
Rodrigo Teixeira .... producer
Jay Van Hoy .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Korven 
 
Cinematography by
Jarin Blaschke 
 
Film Editing by
Louise Ford 
 
Casting by
John Buchan (location casting)
Kharmel Cochrane 
Jason Knight (location casting)
 
Production Design by
Craig Lathrop 
 
Art Direction by
Andrea Kristof 
 
Set Decoration by
Mary Kirkland 
 
Costume Design by
Linda Muir 
 
Makeup Department
François Dagenais .... prosthetics makeup designer (as Francois Dagenais)
Kyle J. Hutchinson .... assistant makeup artist (as Kyle Hutchinson)
Traci Loader .... key makeup artist
Angela Marinis .... key makeup artist: additional photography
Ashley Nay .... assistant hair stylist (as Ashley Risen)
Regan Noble .... wig designer
Lydia Pensa .... key hairdresser
Brittany Romney .... key hair stylist: additional photography (as Brittney Romney)
Brittany Romney .... key makeup artist: additional photography (as Brittney Romney)
Jule Varvel .... key hair stylist: additional photography (as Julienne Varvel)
Michael J. Walsh .... special makeup effects artist (as Michael Walsh)
 
Production Management
Brian Campbell .... production manager
Philip Stilman .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grant Boyle .... third assistant director
Jeff Brownell .... second assistant director
Beau Ferris .... first assistant director
Jennifer Haufler .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Josh Bradford .... on set dresser
David LeBrun .... lead man
 
Sound Department
Christopher Guglick .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason Perreira .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Stein .... sound designer
Orest Sushko .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Turi .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Luc Benning .... special effects supervisor
Richard Hypolite .... special effects technician
Max Macdonald .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Andrew Alzner .... pipeline developer: Intelligent Creatures
Joel Chambers .... digital compositor
Anthony De Chellis .... visual effects artist
Eric Doiron .... compositing supervisor: Intelligent Creatures
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Intelligent Creatures
Aileen Hill .... visual effects artist
Karen Jackson .... digital compositor
Geoff D.E. Scott .... visual effects supervisor
April Suen .... digital compositor
Kaiser Thomas .... digital matte painter
Sarah Wormsbecher .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Eric Bryson .... stunt coordinator
Carrie Eklund .... stunt performer
Steve Gagne .... stunt double: Ralph Ineson
Stephannie Hawkins .... stunt double: Thomasin
Viv Moore .... stunt double: Bathsheba
Robert Racki .... co-stunt coordinator
Martin Williams .... head stunt rigger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Chapman .... bestboy grip
Tyler Emms .... key grip
Roman France .... data imaging technician: additional photography
Axel Green .... electrician
Erik Greensmith .... digital imaging technician
David Isern .... steadicam
Kevin Michael LeBlanc .... first assistant camera
Justin Mackin .... grip
Margaret Parus .... data imaging technician: additional photography
Rafy .... still photographer
Chad S. Roberts .... gaffer
Benjamin Rutkowski .... grip
Wayne St-George .... grip
Michael Swaigen .... grip
Lyon Taylor .... gaffer: effects unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bonnie Brown .... supervisor: truck
Valeria Picerno .... costume supervisor: re-shoots
Charlotte Robertson .... set supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kyle Campbell .... on-line editor
Daisy MacLean .... assistant editor
Dave Miller .... post-production assistant
Mila Patriki .... digital intermediate colourist
Ksenia Stassiouk .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Ben Grossman .... musician: hurdy gurdy, jouhikko
Katherine Hill .... musician
Mark Korven .... musician: swedish nyckelharpa, cello, waterphone
 
Transportation Department
Darren Carruthers .... transportation captain
Frank Riso .... driver: cast
 
Other crew
Michael J. Barnes .... dialect coach
Cameron Casey .... assistant: Mr. Van Hoy & Mr. Knudsen
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Gökçe Erdem .... assistant: Mr. Bekerman
Daniel L. Goldenberg .... legal counsel
Keitha M. Redmond .... production coordinator
Alain Rochefort .... locations scout
Alex Scharfman .... production executive
Anita Surendran .... production counsel
Sophie Vickers .... head of development
 
Thanks
Rachel Allen .... thanks
Laura Amstrong .... the costume department wishes to thank
Daniela Bartoli .... the costume department wishes to thank: tirelli costumi
Hyman Bloom .... the director wishes to thank
Stella Bloom .... the director wishes to thank
Colin Bolton .... the costume department wishes to thank
George Boothroid .... the director wishes to thank
Kim Boothroid .... the director wishes to thank
Shaker Boothroid .... the director wishes to thank
Marc Bouthillier .... thanks
Brenda Clark .... the costume department wishes to thank
Peggie Clark .... thanks
Victoria Cook .... the director wishes to thank
Alfonso Cuarón .... the director wishes to thank
Christine D'Souza .... thanks
Kelly Eggers .... the director wishes to thank
Max Eggers .... the director wishes to thank
Sam Eggers .... the director wishes to thank
Walter Eggers .... the director wishes to thank
Andrew Ford .... thanks
Claude Forest .... thanks
John Forti .... strawberry banke museum
Donna French .... thanks
Kat Gosling .... thanks
Matt Harvey .... thanks
Phyllis Harvey .... thanks
Robert Houston .... the director wishes to thank
Maryam Hughes .... thanks
Mary Janiero .... the costume department wishes to thank
Raymond K. Javdan .... thanks
Craig Kestel .... the director would like to thank
Elizabeth Kushel .... thanks
Anne Lai .... the director wishes to thank
Edouard Langlois .... the director wishes to thank
Noreen Lewkoski .... the costume department wishes to thank
Tom Macy .... the director wishes to thank
Joshua Marston .... the director wishes to thank
Alima Meyboom .... the costume department wishes to thank
Kate Morrison .... thanks
Michael Neal .... the director wishes to thank
Laura Nobile .... the costume department wishes to thank: tirelli customi
Amy Oliver .... thanks
Stuart Peachey .... the costume department wishes to thank
Lee Percy .... the director wishes to thank
Keri Putnam .... the director wishes to thank
Samantha Racanelli .... thanks
Karen Ruiz .... the costume department wishes to thank
Michelle Satter .... the director wishes to thank
Marion Schoeler .... the costume department wishes to thank
Stephanie Selden .... thanks
Alexandra Shaker .... the director wishes to thank
Ian Smith .... the television workshop
Wesley Strick .... the director wishes to thank
Laura Surdi .... the costume department wishes to thank
Paula Taubman .... the director wishes to thank
Peter Taubman .... the director wishes to thank
Salivo Taubman .... the director wishes to thank
Dylan Tighenor .... the director wishes to thank
Bill Toy .... thanks
Sue Toy .... thanks
Alessandro Trapetti .... the costume department wishes to thank: tirelli costumi
Melanie Viau .... thanks
Susan Willis .... the costume department wishes to thank
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The VVitch: A New-England Folktale" - USA (original title)
"The VVitch" - International (English title) (short title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity
Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The premise is based on America's first witch hysteria in colonial New England, set 62 years before the infamous "Salem Witch Trials" which occurred in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
William:[before the court] What went we out into this wilderness to find? Leaving our country, kindred, our fathers houses? We have travailed a vast ocean. For what? For what?
Governor:We must ask thee to be silent!
William:Was it not for the pure and faithful dispensation of the Gospels, and the Kingdom of God?
Old Slater:No More! We are *your* judges, and not you ours!
William:I cannot be judged by false Christians, for I have done nothing, save preach Christ's true Gospel.
Governor:Must you continue to dishonor the laws of the commonwealth and the church with your prideful conceit?
William:If my conscience sees it fit.
Governor:Then shall you be banished out of this plantations liberties!
William:I would be glad of it.
[...]
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An unnerving, surreal descent into religious paranoia, 14 May 2016
Author: brchthethird from United States

THE WITCH is, in a word, unsettling. Horror films don't normally have an effect on me, much less scare me, but this one was unnerving in a very palpable way. It's about a Puritan family who are banished from their village for an unspecified religious offense, and subsequently move to a location bordering a forest. While there, repeated misfortune and isolation create the perfect storm of religious paranoia over whether one or more of them are possessed by the devil. What THE WITCH masterfully does is to create this tense atmosphere and maintain it over nearly the entire length of the film. Whether it be odd/surreal imagery, slow and deliberate camera-work, or an eerie score reminiscent of Ligeti's "Atmospheres" (used in Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY), all of it is used to brilliant effect and should be capable of rattling even the most seasoned viewer, especially if they have a religious background/upbringing (as I did). In fact, I sensed a lot of Kubrick here; not just 2001, but also THE SHINING. Not surprisingly, they share some thematic elements. The performances were also pitch perfect and very believable for the characters the actors played and, although this might prove hard to get by for some, they speak in period-authentic language/accents. Ultimately, the film is rather ambiguous as to whether or not the events occur in the manner you see them, but that's the beauty of it: like religion itself, THE WITCH is open to interpretation. And as such, it establishes itself (in my opinion) as one of the best horror films of the last 10 years.

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