Sundance: A24 to Buy ‘The Witch’ for $1.5 Million (Updated)

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A24 is expected to buy the horror drama “The Witch” for $1.5 million.

Several distributors, including Radius-TWC, expressed interest in the supernatural film set in 17th-century New England, Variety has learned. The movie premieres on Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival.

One distribution executive admired the film greatly, but indicated that it would work better as a Video on Demand and digital release, believing it might be too edgy and offbeat to succeed theatrically.

The film follows a family as they deal with spooky forces and religious hysteria. Variety‘s Justin Chang described it as a “cross between ‘The Crucible’ and ‘The Shining'” in his review.

Even distributors who believe that the film isn’t a fit for their slates have been full of praise for writer-director Robert Eggers and star Anya Taylor-Joy.