You know that Shakespeare quote from Macbeth, the one that goes "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes"? Well, something wicked is definitely coming in this new clip from the upcoming horror movie The Witch.
The clip was released over the weekend, and, although brief, it’s managed to send a foreboding chill down my spine. Brrrr.
In the video below, two young children are playing with that ominous-looking black goat, and from the looks of things, something bad is about to happen. The movie, written and directed by Robert Eggers, takes place in the wilderness of 1630s New England, decades before the Salem witch trials of 1692.
It follows the story of one family’s encounter with demonic possession and EVIL.
Here’s an extended synopsis for the horror movie that garnered some positive buzz during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival:
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.
The R-rated film (there’s apparently a lot of “disturbing violent content and graphic nudity”) stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson. The Witch opens in theaters on Feb. 19.