'The Witch' Summons February Release

A24 Films has staked out a Feb. 26 nationwide release for "The Witch," the supernatural-horror film that earned director Robert Eggers the Directing Award at Sundance.

Set in early 17th-century New England, the film follows a farmer who’s cast out of his colonial plantation and forced to move with his wife and five children to land on the edge of a forest said to be controlled by witches. Strange events begin to occur, with animals turning violent, crops failing and one of the children disappearing, only to return seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. As suspicion and paranoia grow, fingers begin to point at teenage daughter Thomasin, who’s accused of witchcraft.

"The Witch" stars Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson.

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