What if The Witch was simply about a down on their luck family forced to find happiness in the woods? Thankfully, the stylings of Wes Anderson could make that happen.
Now that Anderson has tackled the cheerful holiday season through an H&M Christmas ad, it’s time he take on something a tad more spooky. CineFix is way ahead of the director, creating a unique trailer for the indie horror flick The Witch done in the signature Anderson aesthetic.
Using the director’s typical dollhouse set spectacle style, the trailer takes each scene and frame from The Witch that follows his objective look. A jovial, piano driven score replaces the haunting and dissonant music the horror film originally used to set the tension. Interspersed title cards, including “a New England folk tale,” give it that added splash of quirk.
The most gut wrenching scenes in the film were even used, but warped slightly to change the mood. When Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) plays peek-a-boo with little baby Samuel, only to be kidnapped by the lead coven witch, the trailer pulls the audio out, turning a frightening moment into a comedy gag. Even the evil animal Black Phillip is only seen for a reaction shot, changing the incarnate of evil into a tired old goat.
Watch the entire video above.