the witch trailer

If 2016 sees the release of a better horror movie than The Witch, we are in for one hell of a year. Emphasis on that “hell,” because writer/director Robert Eggers‘ tale of sin, paranoia, and unfiltered evil in 17th century New England is unholy brilliance. This is already a frontrunner for one of the best movies of 2016.

A24 has unveiled a new trailer for The Witch and it’s a fine sampler of the movie’s dark, delectable pleasures. You should most definitely watch it below.

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Films about people turning on each other after maybe getting victimized by spiritual forces are nothing new. But Robert EggersThe Witch puts a fresh spin on the formula by moving the action to colonial New England, surrounded by superstition and wilderness.

Set decades before the Salem witch trials, The Witch follows a devout Christian family who come to New England to start a new life. However, they seem to be cursed at every turn — their crops fail, and their infant son goes missing. Fear and dread begin to plague the family, as they grow increasingly suspicious of one another. Watch The Witch trailer after the jump.
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