The Witch

Saturday, May 19
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1hr 30mins // directed by:Robert Eggers // featuring:Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

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.

Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival — winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition — painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions tragically turned to mass hysteria. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin — in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy — and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, The Witch is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.

The Boston Globe 

"[Establishes director] Robert Eggers as a serious talent to watch. And it [will scare] the living bejesus out of you." – Ty Burr

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The New York Times

Critics' Pick. "A finely calibrated shiver of a movie." – Manohla Dargis

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Rolling Stone

"Building his film on the diabolical aftershocks of Puritan repression, Eggers raises The Witch far above the horror herd. He doesn't need cheap tricks. Eggers merely directs us to look inside. Be warned: It'll scare the hell out of you." – Peter Travers 

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New York Post

"It's a creepy little gem, and its imagery will stay with you long after you've left the theater." – Sara Stewart 

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Variety

"Writer-director Robert Eggers makes an impressive feature debut with this gripping historical horror-thriller." – Justin Chang

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