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The Witch (2015)

The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (original title)
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A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Director:

Robert Eggers

Writer:

Robert Eggers
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43 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Thomasin
Ralph Ineson ... William
Kate Dickie ... Katherine
Harvey Scrimshaw ... Caleb
Ellie Grainger Ellie Grainger ... Mercy
Lucas Dawson Lucas Dawson ... Jonas
Julian Richings ... Governor
Bathsheba Garnett ... The Witch
Sarah Stephens ... The Witch, Young
Daniel Malik ... Black Phillip (voice) (as Wahab Chaudhry)
Axtun Henry Dube Axtun Henry Dube ... Samuel
Athan Conrad Dube Athan Conrad Dube ... Samuel
Viv Moore ... Lead Coven Witch (as Vivien Moore)
Karen Kaeja Karen Kaeja ... Coven Witch
Brandy Leary Brandy Leary ... Coven Witch
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Storyline

New England, 1630: William and Katherine try to 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 sins, leaving them prey for an inconceivable evil.

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Taglines:

A New-England Folktale. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The singing sound effect, with the female chorus wailing out ominously in the background, used when the family is looking into the trees of the forbidden Forrest, or when the witch is summoning and tempting Caleb to walk forward towards her outside her house, is very similar to the background sound effect with the chorus wailing out that Stanley Kubrick uses several times in 2001, when the apes see the monolith at the beginning of that movie, or when the astronaut Dave (Kier Duella) flies into the black hole at the ending into the realm of the Star Children. See more »

Goofs

In several shots, ear piercing holes can be seen in Anya Taylor-Joy (Thomasin), when women of that era rarely wore jewelry. 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 ...
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Featured in The Kill Count: The Witch (2015) (2019) See more »

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If the 17th Century could make a movie
18 May 2016 | by Ivaylo_SotirovSee all my reviews

If people from the 17th Century could make a film about their deepest darkest horrors - it would look a lot like this movie! The Witch engrosses you in the time and place of its setting, it's a family drama, a horror and a folk tale. All interwoven together into a macabre ode of the times when people were frightened of the primeval darkness of the forests and the inexplicable twists of their wretched fates. Intense and gripping from the very beginning. With some of the most amazing acting I've seen by the youngest cast members. Fantastic movie for horror fans and a masterful period piece. I would recommend it highly to horror fans and fans of history and good cinema in general.


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Official Sites:

Official Site | Official Site - A24 | See more »

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kiosk, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,800,230, 21 February 2016

Gross USA:

$25,138,705

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,423,945
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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