6.9/10
183,615
970 user 553 critic

The Witch (2015)

The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (original title)
Trailer
2:39 | Trailer
A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Director:

Robert Eggers

Writer:

Robert Eggers
Reviews
Popularity
317 ( 26)
43 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Hereditary (2018)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Director: Ari Aster
Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne
The Babadook (2014)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.

Director: Jennifer Kent
Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
It Follows (2014)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Director: David Robert Mitchell
Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
Get Out I (2017)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Director: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Director: Drew Goddard
Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison
The Lighthouse I (2019)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Director: Robert Eggers
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman
Us II (2019)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Director: Jordan Peele
Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
The Conjuring (2013)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston
Midsommar (2019)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Director: Ari Aster
Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren
Sinister I (2012)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies which suggest the murder he's currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.

Director: Scott Derrickson
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone
It I (2017)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

Director: Andy Muschietti
Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard
Split IX (2016)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson
Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Evil Takes Many Forms. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

There is a clear callback to the art piece "Angelus" from Jean Francois Millet in the burial scene. There is no confirmation or mention about this "homage" from the very own words of director Robert Eggers. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, when Thomasin is seen with her mother, her blood stained dress top is obviously closed with buttons or snaps. Shortly afterwards, when she removes the same bloody garment, she does so by untying multiple string ties. 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 ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Indie Horror Films (2017) See more »

User Reviews

 
Very atmospheric
15 January 2017 | by nicola-preece86See all my reviews

Everything about this film was creepy, from the surroundings to certain animals within the film. A must watch for true horror fans. I loved how the tension builds, it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

Some may say it's a slow burner but I did not find this to be the case at all. It was truly atmospheric and gave me genuine chills in some parts. The characters, even the small children, played their parts brilliantly and this certainly adds to the tension of the film. A few parts were a little hard to understand (accent wise) but this does not deter from the tension this film brings at all. Overall, anyone looking for a genuinely creepy film, who has an open mind and has the ability to think about things, then this film is for you


24 of 54 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 970 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

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:

The Witch See more »

Filming Locations:

Kiosk, Ontario, Canada

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed