The Witch

The Witch

Brandon Grafius

Print publication date: 2021

ISBN: 9781800348356

Publisher: Liverpool University Press


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.