The Witch : A New England Folktale, or simply The Witch (stylized as The VVitch) is a 2015 American period supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his feature directorial debut. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, and Lucas Dawson.
Set in the 1630s, The Witch follows a Puritan family who encounter forces of evil in the woods beyond their New England farm.
An international co-production of the United States and Canada, the film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2015, and was widely released by A24 on February 19, 2016.
The film received critical acclaim and was a box office success, grossing $40 million against a budget of $4 million
In 1630s New England, English settler William and his family—wife Katherine,
daughter Thomasin, son Caleb, and fraternal twins Mercy and Jonas—are banished
from a Puritan Plymouth Colony over a religious dispute.
The family builds a farm near a large, secluded forest and Katherine bears her fifth child, Samuel.
One day, when Thomasin is playing peekaboo with Samuel, the baby abruptly disappears.
It is soon revealed that a witch has stolen the unbaptized Samuel, killing him and using his remains to make a flying ointment.
Katherine, devastated by Samuel’s disappearance, spends her days crying and praying.
While hunting with William, Caleb questions if Samuel’s unbaptized soul will reach Heaven. William later reveals to Caleb that he traded Katherine’s silver cup for hunting supplies.
That night, Katherine questions Thomasin about the disappearance of her cup and suspects her to be responsible for Samuel’s abduction.
The children overhear their parents discuss sending Thomasin away to serve another family.