Momentum Pictures has released the official trailer for the upcoming thriller witch hunt. While it may seem like the title hints at or hints at the movie’s potential plot, the reality of it is far from what we could have imagined. It’s about witches with supernatural powers and social groups and the men of the law who hunt and execute them, but in an environment that we all know. Imagine if witches existed today and our modern legal system hunts for them, what would things be like? That’s the world witch hunt tries to explore.
The film tells the story of a family who tries to hide two young witches within the walls of their house. They try to help them cross the border into Mexico and gain asylum there through a complicated network. However, their plans are thwarted by the sudden vigilance over them by the Bureau of Witchcraft Investigation, a federal organization that works on behalf of the United States government and is responsible for the hunt, arrest and execution of witches.
The trailer shows sequences of BWI agents trying modern ways to find hints and evidence of witchcraft (such as dropping suspects into water to reveal the ‘devil’s mark’ on them). These scenes don’t just refer back to the early depictions of witch hunts in classic stories and literature available on the subject. The film implies themes related to the oppression of women’s rights, prejudice and societal discrimination in the trailers in which women are deprived of rights, forced to master their abilities without practice or opportunity to use them.
There are groups that condemn the existence of witches, there are powerful revelations, there are sympathizers of the species, and there is a growing war between them. It is more of a film that addresses the discussions around social prejudice and a growing revolution around democratic, human rights, and therefore reflects reality through a folklore-based fiction.
Directed by Elle Callahan, an emerging director, witch hunt attempts to place a highly controversial and biased era of the 1600s in modern American society, which therefore stumbles upon the orthodox and biased beliefs and values. Not only does this give a new perspective on the present time, but it also changes the belief system of an entire civilization, resulting in social and legal repercussions. The film’s story, as gleaned from the trailer, capitalizes on cinematic styles of the horror genre; however, it plays on several social themes, which will be explored and visible in the film.
The movie stars Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, Gia); Gideon Adlon (Blockers, The Mustang); Abigail Cowen(Strange things), and Christian Camargo (The hurt locker). The film is expected to hit limited theaters on October 1, 2021, and will also be available On Demand the same day.
witch hunt is a very exciting and intriguing experiment with the genre, inspired by pre-existing stories on the said subject. Elle Callahan, who directs the film, previously directed Number of heads (2018), which was also well received and praised.