‘The Witch’ Casts Spell May 17

photo for The Witch Set in New England circa 1630, the film follows a farmer who get cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be controlled by witches. Almost immediately, strange and unsettling things begin to happen-the animals turn violent, the crops fail, and one of the children disappears, only to return seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to point the finger at teenage daughter Thomasin. They accuse her of witchcraft, which she adamantly denies … but as circumstances become more and more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty, and love is tested in shocking and unforgettable ways. Vitals: Director: Robert Eggers. Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 92 min., Horror, Box office gross: $24.094 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Audio commentary with director Robert Eggers, “The Witch: A Primal Folklore” featurette, “Salem Panel Q&A,” design gallery.

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