After terrifying fans and critics alike on the festival circuit this year, The Witch is hitting theaters in just a few short months. To get fans ready for this terrifying experience, A24 Films has released a new poster, featuring a mysterious and naked woman, seen stepping out into the moonlight. The Witch is described as a chilling and groundbreaking horror film that explores what happens when a God-fearing New England family crosses paths with evil.
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 supporting cast is rounded out by Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger, Julian Richings, Bathsheba Garnett, Sarah Stephens and Wahab Chaudhry. A24 has set a February 26, 2016 ||release date for The Witch, putting it up against Eddie the Eagle, Gods of Egypt and Triple 9.
The Witch has been getting rave reviews after debuting at Sundance and making the rounds at other prestigious festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival and the London Film Festival. It isn't known if A24 will be debuting a new trailer before its release in February, so stay tuned for more footage from this horror-thriller. In the meantime, take a look at the latest poster below.