Critics everywhere have been swooning over The Witch since it scared the crap out of everyone at Sundance last year. But if that isn’t enough of an endorsement for you, The Satanic Temple has just given the movie an official sanction, declaring it as a “transformative Satanic experience.”
In an official statement made by The Satanic Temple, the group says it “is confident [the film] will signal the call-to-arms for a Satanic uprising against the tyrannical vestiges of bigoted superstitions, and will harken a new era of liberation and unfettered inquiry.”
Added The Satanic Temple’s National Spokesperson Jex Blackmore, “We are empowered by the narrative of ‘The Witch’: a story of pathological pride, old-world religious paradigms, and an outsider who grabs persecution by the horns.” She goes on to praise the film’s plot, which “departs from the victim” narrative of witchcraft and stands as a “declaration of feminine independence.”
To celebrate, the Templet will be launching premiere screenings of The Witch beginning in New York City on February 10 that will include interactive performances and ritualized pronouncements of a “new Satanic era.” Screenings will follow in Los Angeles (February 12), Austin (February 16) and Detroit (to be determined).
Watch the trailers again (they’re AMAZING, I promise)
Written and directed by Robert Eggers, who won the Best Director Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It opens Feb 19th.
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 the 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.