In this special Bonus Episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Scott Davis talks to director Robert Eggers about his crazy successful arthouse horror movie The Witch, which made 8 times its budget back at the US box office last weekend. This is the full, unedited version of the 5 minute interview featured in the Flickering Myth Podcast #15 (which you can listen to at the bottom of this article). What a nice guy.
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New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. In his debut feature, writer/director Robert Eggers painstakingly designs an authentic re-creation of New England — generations before the 1692 trials in Salem — evoking the alluring and terrifying power of the timeless witch myth. Told through the eyes of Thomasin, the teenage daughter (in a star-making performance by Anya Taylor-Joy), and supported by haunting camera work and an ominous score, The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.
The Witch is set for release on February 19th in the States and on March 11th in the UK. It features a cast that includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson.
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