The Witch (stylized as The VVitch, subtitled A New-England Folktale) is a 2015 supernatural horror movie created and directed by Robert Eggers, in his directorial debut. The plot follows a Puritan family encountering forces of evil in the woods outside of their New England farm.
A co-generation of the United States and Canada, the movie was introduced at the 2015 Sundance Movie Competition on January 22, 2015, and was distributed in a large release by A24 on February 19, 2016. It acquired positive evaluations and grossed around $39 million around a $one million spending budget.
In seventeenth century New England, a man named William is banished from a Puritan plantation alongside his family–his wife Katherine, daughter Thomasin, son Caleb, and fraternal twins Mercy and Jonas. In their condition of exile, the family builds a farm by the edge of a huge, secluded forest considerably from the Puritan settlement. Katherine shortly gives birth to her fifth little one, Samuel. Even though getting closely watched by Thomasin, Samuel mysteriously vanishes from her presence. It is then exposed that Samuel was kidnapped by a witch living in the woods, who kills him and uses his blood and extra fat to make a topical ointment for her body.
Katherine, devastated by Samuel’s disappearance, spends her days crying and praying. William will take Caleb hunting in the forest, where Caleb confronts his father about his unbaptized fate. William, in change, confides to his son that he traded Katherine’s prized silver cup for hunting provides. On the farm, the twins play with the family’s black goat, Black Phillip, whom they declare speaks to them. That evening, Katherine blames Thomasin for the disappearance of her silver cup whilst also implying she was accountable for Samuel going missing. As the small children retire to mattress, they overhear their dad and mom talking about sending Thomasin away to provide an additional family.
The upcoming morning, Caleb and Thomasin sneak away to go hunting in the forest. Their canine gives chase to a hare and Caleb follows, leaving Thomasin astride the horse, which throws her and knocks her unconscious. Caleb, now missing in the woods, finds the disemboweled corpse of his canine. Wandering further into the woods, he is lured into a hovel by the witch disguised as a youthful lady. Thomasin awakens and, guided by her father’s calls, finds her way house. As Katherine confronts Thomasin about going into the woods, William reluctantly admits that he sold her silver cup.
That evening, Caleb returns to the farm naked and delirious from an mysterious disease. Katherine indicates her son’s mysterious ailment is due to witchcraft and prays around Caleb. The upcoming day, Caleb suffers a violent seizure and passionately proclaims his appreciate for Christ in advance of dying peacefully. In the aftermath of Caleb’s death, the twins accuse Thomasin of witchcraft, to which she counters their accusations by revealing the twins’ capacity to converse with Black Phillip. Enraged at their habits, William boards up Thomasin and the twins within the steady with the goats.