If you’re looking for a trailer to give you the heebie jeebies, well we’ve got a doozy for you.

The promo for Sundance smash The Witch has arrived online, and as an exercise in tension and suggested dread it really hits the spot.

Set among settlers in 1630 New England, here’s the brief synopsis:

William and Katherine 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 fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.

Starring the likes of Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie, The Witch is written and directed by Robert Eggers, in what would appear to be a spectacular feature debut.

Anyways, enough writing – here’s that trailer (the film lands some time in 2016):

 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.