Update: February 19, 2016 Critics' Reviews for THE WITCH Rotten Tomatoes: 88% approval rating (113 out of 128 critics like it) Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers. Entertainment Weekly - What makes this chillingly creepy little black-magic folk tale work so beautifully is its evocative sense of time and place ... Well, that and composer Mark Korven's unsettling soundtrack full of screechy, dissonant strings. A- Arizona Republic - With incredible attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to the world he has created, Eggers slowly, surely builds tension until it's almost unbearable. And that's delightful, if you're a horror fan. It's a terrific film. 4/5 USA Today - The first great film of 2016 is a horror flick with Puritans, possessed kids, naked forest women and a haunting goat named Black Phillip. 3.5/4 Rolling Stone - Building his film on the diabolical aftershocks of Puritan repression, Eggers raises The Witch far above the horror herd. He doesn't need cheap tricks. Eggers merely directs us to look inside. Be warned: It'll scare the hell out of you. 3.5/4 CinemaBlend.com - Gloriously directed and constructed by first-timer Robert Eggers, The Witch becomes increasingly creepy and unsettling with each passing frame. Even beyond its audacious final shot. One of the early contenders for the best film of 2016. 5/5 _____________________________ Update: August 18, 2015 First Official Trailer for the Sundance Horror Hit THE WITCH A24 Films has released the first trailer and poster for writer/director Robert Eggers’ intensely unnerving feature debut The Witch. Aptly described as a New England folktale, the film takes place in the year 1630, a generation before the Salem witch trials, and revolves around a small family that has been excommunicated from its plantation due to father William’s outspoken objections to what he sees as the community’s lax religious principles. But when he moves his family to a remote cabin near the foreboding woods, an unspeakable horror creeps in, leaving their lives forever changed. This trailer is not only an excellent signifier of what kind of experience you’re in for with The Witch, it’s also just a damn good teaser trailer; it entices rather than reveals. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Katie Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, and Ellie Grainger and opens in theaters sometime in 2016. ‘The Witch’ Trailer Teases One of the Most Terrifying Films in Years Comments: Watch out for this next year. Might be one of the best horror films of 2016.