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Podcast Episode 62: Director Robert Eggers On ‘The Witch’

Conjuring up a Puritan nightmare

Anya Taylor-Joy as Thomasin plays peekaboo with her newborn sibling in

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Above: Anya Taylor-Joy as Thomasin plays peekaboo with her newborn sibling in "The Witch."

Episode 62: Director Robert Eggers On Conjuring Up 'The Witch'

Director Robert Eggers calls his first film "The Witch" a "Puritan nightmare." He discusses the film's historical origins and Lovecraftian aspirations.

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Transcript

This year is off to a good start with "Bone Tomahawk" and "The Witch" (now playing throughout San Diego) serving up well-crafted horror tales that challenge expectations about the genre.

Filmmaker Robert Eggers grew up in New England and with folktales about witches. He started researching historical documents about witches to form the foundation of his directorial debut "The Witch."

The story involves a family in the 1630s that's ejected from their Puritan settlement and forced to live on their own at the edge of a forest. Things go wrong quickly as the crops fail, the newborn baby disappears, and the family comes to believe there's a witch living in the woods.

Eggers describes "The Witch" as a "Puritan nightmare" and he creates a beautiful film about the horrific things that befall the family. His film gives me hope for the next generation of horror filmmakers and I look forward to what he'll do next.

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