It's been a while since we've had a really good horror film. I'd wager to say The Babadook was the last film I felt was genuinely frightening, though all of the advanced word on Robert Eggers' The Witch suggests that it might be the best horror film since then. If nothing else, this third and final trailer for the film, due out on February 19, proves that it will be the kind of atmospheric horror that has been truly lacking in cinemas for the last few years.
Sure, some people will mount an argument for It Follows, though I found that film to be a little too precious to actually be scary. Plus it had the stupidest third act of virtually any film I saw last year. The Witch, however, looks like the flick we all wanted The Village to be. Colonial America horror is where it's at, yo. Seriously, if you're a horror fan, watch that trailer and tell me you're not chomping at the bit to see this film. Read the official synopsis below and get pumped for this one...
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. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately – animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.