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The Witch (2015)

The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (original title)
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A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Director:

Robert Eggers

Writer:

Robert Eggers
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43 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Thomasin
Ralph Ineson ... William
Kate Dickie ... Katherine
Harvey Scrimshaw ... Caleb
Ellie Grainger Ellie Grainger ... Mercy
Lucas Dawson Lucas Dawson ... Jonas
Julian Richings ... Governor
Bathsheba Garnett ... The Witch
Sarah Stephens ... The Witch, Young
Daniel Malik ... Black Phillip (voice) (as Wahab Chaudhry)
Axtun Henry Dube Axtun Henry Dube ... Samuel
Athan Conrad Dube Athan Conrad Dube ... Samuel
Viv Moore ... Lead Coven Witch (as Vivien Moore)
Karen Kaeja Karen Kaeja ... Coven Witch
Brandy Leary Brandy Leary ... Coven Witch
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Storyline

New England, 1630: William and Katherine try to lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. 'The Witch' is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own sins, leaving them prey for an inconceivable evil.

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Evil Takes Many Forms. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kate Dickie breast feeds her son on "Game of Thrones" as well. See more »

Goofs

The nails holding the chicken house together have modern round heads. 17th century cut nails would have rectangular heads. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
William: [before the court] What went we out into this wilderness to find? Leaving our country, kindred, our fathers houses? We have travailed a vast ocean. For what? For what?
Governor: We must ask thee to be silent!
William: Was it not for the pure and faithful dispensation of the Gospels, and the Kingdom of God?
Old Slater: No more! We are *your* judges, and not you ours!
William: I cannot be judged by false Christians, for I have done nothing, save preach Christ's true Gospel.
Governor: Must you continue to dishonor the laws of the ...
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A refreshing take on the genre.
25 May 2018 | by afreakingwizardSee all my reviews

The idea of a horror/thriller taking place in 17th century England would be reason enough to see The Witch, but there's much more here than just an interesting premise on offer here.

The Witch tells the story of an isolated family tormented by a witch. It seems like a fairly basic plot which it kind of is, but the way the movie presents itself makes every twist and plot point feel great. There are a few small things that really helped make the movie that much more immersive like the Shakespearean dialogue, the greyish filter, and the surprisingly good child actor performances.

There's nothing inherently wrong with The Witch, but I felt like it was a bit slow at certain points. There's about maybe half an hour of semi-filler that could be cut out without really hurting the movie too much.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kiosk, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,800,230, 21 February 2016

Gross USA:

$25,138,705

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,423,945
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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