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The Witch

Brandon Grafius


The book offers an overview of the religious history, generic background, and folklore influences on Robert Eggers’ film The Witch (2015). In addition, it provides close readings of the film and the individual characters which argues for the film as a critique of patriarchal family structures. The religious background of the film’s Puritan context is explored, including a discussion of some of the documents which Eggers used for his screenplay. The film is placed in the context of 21st century horror cinema, with an argument for its place in the context of the current wave of folk horror.

Keywords: Horror, Folk Horror, Witch, Film Studies, Puritan Religion, Contemporary Film, The Witch (2015)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781800348356
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brandon Grafius, author
Ecumenical Theological Seminary