The Witch private screening with POV

Robert Eggers’ indie horror film, The VVitch, hit theaters today, Feb. 19, for limited showings and Persistence of Vision (POV) has reserved a theater for a private screening of on Feb. 25, for local critics to have a space to enjoy then critique the film over drinks and food.

Original woodcarving of The Witch story by John Hammond, 1643. (via BE AFRAID)

The original spelling for the title comes from Richard Hammond’s 1643 woodcarving to describe the New England folktale.

Two worlds are merging as a chasm, centuries wide, closes around the myth of the misunderstood witch. Much as we have social media to share stories today, Hammond was among the few  who eked out warnings etched in wood, before the printing press and newspapers were even considered a possibility.

It just goes to show you how eager we are to share our opinions with the rest of the world.

And the stories witches as the brides of the devil have circulated throughout our culture as long as we can remember.

Now Eggers has taken it upon himself, with the help of a full cast and crew, to shed some light on the story of how entire families were ripped apart by the fear of the unknown, back in the 17th century.

Some may view this film and think, “Well, that was traumatizing,” while others are already saying that it serves more as an education into the life certain iconoclast women led with the help of a handful of judges who decided their fate.

Though the movie was featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, it is not a low-budget film. According to, Eggers had red and white oak shipped from England to Canada to create the backdrop of the village featured in the film.

Anya Taylor-Joy (Atlantis), Ralph Ineson (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), and Julian Richings (Cube, Orphan Black) star in The Witch, in theaters today.

Featured image via Polygon

One comment

  1. It’s a very freaky movie. One I particularly won’t see again, but not because it was bad – it was just too miserable to sit through. Nice review Shannon.


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