Early American Evil: Robert Eggers debuts with arty horror story of Hawthornesque New England family

“The thing is, witches aren’t scary today. Witches are plastic Halloween decorations. They don’t do much.” Writer-director Robert Eggers has definitely brought a sense of terror back to the genre of witch movies, at least judging by the many attendees at last year’s Sundance Film Festival whom he sent into heart palpitations with his feature directorial debut, The Witch. The film garnered Eggers the coveted Best Director Award-Dramatic at the prestigious festival; over a year later, it’s hopped a broomstick to U.S. theatres to terrorize the wider moviegoing populace courtesy of A24 beginning Feb. 19.

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