The Witch Directed By Wes Anderson

The Witch was one of the most unnerving and masterful horror films of the year. Some complained that they didn’t find it scary, but the terror at the center of this movie felt more horrifying than any of the jump scares that countless other horror movies brought to the table this year. But what if the movie was directed by Wes Anderson?

Funnily enough, the visuals of Robert Eggers film which brings terror into the lives of a 1630s New England family work perfectly in a trailer edited in the style of one of Wes Anderson‘s comedies. Combine that with some cooky music and clever editing, and The Witch becomes a different movie entirely.

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rasputin miniseries

My love of The Witch is no secret around these parts, so I’ve been very curious about what what writer/director Robert Eggers would do next. We first heard word that he was developing a remake of the silent horror classic Nosferatu, but he later clarified that vampire fans would have to wait, as he was working on other projects first. Now, word has come down that Eggers is eyeing a television miniseries about Grigori Rasputin, one of the most mysterious, fascinating, and downright creepy historical figures of all time.

In other words: yes, please.

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the witch review

Last week, I attended a screening of The Witch hosted by the Satanic Temple and then went to a Satanic ritual. It was my second time seeing The Witch, but my first time participating in a ritual that concluded with chants of “Hail Satan.” The remaining shards of Catholic still embedded deep within me screamed the entire time.

My invitation to this screening explained how The Witch is “transformative Satanic experience” and how the Satanic Temple “supports the film’s declaration of feminine independence, which provokes puritanical America and inspires a tradition of spiritual transgression.” I saw The Witch at Fantastic Fest last year and was blown away by it (and have written about it on more than a few occasions since then) and this seemed like an excellent opportunity to revisit the film and collect an interesting anecdote or two.

And since The Witch is in theaters now (and just had the biggest opening in A24’s history), this certainly feels like the right time to have a larger conversation about this film, a deeply uncomfortable horror movie that plays differently depending on what baggage you bring into the screening. In this case, I had three perspective to consider: my entirely secular worldview, the beliefs of my Catholic wife/screening plus-one, and the ethos of the screening’s Satanist hosts.

Spoilers for the film follow.

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the witch influences

With The Witch opening this week, we sat down with writer/director Robert Eggers to do something a little different. We asked him to name the three films that most influenced his tremendous new horror movie and we would discuss his work through the lens of what inspired him. In part one of this series, we talked about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining In part two, we chatted about Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. For the third and final chapter in this series, we dove into Ingmar Bergman‘s gut-wrenching drama Cries and Whispers.

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the witch influences

With The Witch opening this week, we sat down with writer/director Robert Eggers to do something a little different. We asked him to name the three films that most influenced his tremendous new horror movie and we would discuss his work through the lens of what inspired him. In part one of this series, we talked about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. And now, we delve into the director Benjamin Christensen‘s odd and frightening silent classic Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages.

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the witch influences

With The Witch opening this week, we sat down with writer/director Robert Eggers to do something a little different. We asked him to name the three films that most influenced his tremendous new horror movie and we would discuss his work through the lens of what inspired him. For part one of this three-part series, we talked about Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining. Parts two and three, covering completely different films, will run tomorrow and the next day.

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the witch trailer

The third (and seemingly final) trailer for director Robert EggersThe Witch has arrived and hopefully you’re sold on this immaculate horror film by now. This new preview is tonally in line with the first and second trailers, only hinting at the plot and characters while leaning heavily on the film’s oppressive atmosphere and chilling visuals. And since this movie has atmosphere to spare, why not utilize that and save everything else for when you’re in the theater?

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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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‘The Witch’ Release Date Moved Up One Week

Anya Taylor Joy in The Witch

Writer-director Robert Eggers‘ The Witch played at the Sundance Film Festival and Fantastic Fest last year, and I somehow managed to miss all the screenings, and, yes, I have been kicking myself in the head for the past few months for it. There is always that one film at a festival that draws universal acclaim and then, somewhere along the way, someone shows up and says, “It’s not that good.” That never happened for The Witch. The film is scheduled to open next month, but A24 just bumped up The Witch release date.

Find out more about the film after the jump.

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the witch poster

The Witch doesn’t even open until 2016 and it’s already one of the best films of the year. The film was smash hit at the Sundance Film Festival, where writer/director Robert Eggers took home the Best Director prize, and it won a new legion of followers months later at Fantastic Fest. This tale of horror set in 17th century New England is something special and genre fans should be counting down the days until February.

A24 is celebrating today, Friday the 13th, by releasing a new poster from the film and launching a new site, giving audiences a tiny taste of what to expect. Hit the jump to take a look at the Witch poster and peruse the movie’s eerie new website.

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