New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriouslyvanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. In his debut feature, writer/director Robert Eggers painstakingly designs an authentic re-creation ofNew England -- generations before the 1692 trials in Salem -- evoking the alluring and terrifying power of the timeless witch myth. Told through the eyes of Thomasin, the teenage daughter (in a star-making performance by Anya Taylor-Joy), and supported by haunting camera work and an ominous score, The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.
The Witch premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize, and went on to win the Directing Award for Robert Eggers.
London Evening Standard noted director "Eggers makes our hearts swell and our brains sweat."
Globe & Mail said The Witch "is not only an excellent horror film, but also a captivating study in extreme paranoia and the fragile bonds of family."
Guardian stated "Robert Eggers’ outstanding horror story does for witches what other film-makers have done for vampires and zombies."
The New Yorker highlighted "Taylor-Joy is remarkable in the role."