If you thought you couldn't make a horror movie about witchcraft and black magic quirky, you're wrong. CineFix has taken the Robert Eggers written and directed period piece and reworked it with all the hallmarks of a Wes Anderson film, complete with organ-featured folk tracks, Futura in yellow, and awkwardly funny moments. Check it out below:
The Witch has gained a lot of momentum in the press this year, especially considering that it was a $3 million indie horror film made by a first-time feature director with a style that he himself has described as "too weird, too obscure." But not only has it gone on to make over $45.5 million at the box office, it also gave actress Anya Taylor-Joy her first Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor, and received a nomination for Best Feature at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards.
Set in the 1600s, the film follows a Puritan family as they slowly see their lives fall apart due to some evil force that lives in the woods jut beyond their New England farm. It's stark, cold, and haunting; hardly anything Wes Anderson would dream up in his nostalgic, indie folk rock imagination. (Though I'd kind of like to see him come up with something like that.) The humor of it all is expounded when you think about how dark and sinister The Witch actually is compared to the kinds of films Anderson makes. Here's the trailer to The Witch to get a better idea.
This isn't the first time people have played with the though of Anderson-izing something. In fact, it's has become sort of a meme to take films and events like X-Men and the State of the Union Address and add all of the trademarks you'd expect to see in his films. Back in 2013, SNL made a short called The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, which used Anderson's iconic style to dress up a horror flick. And it's not just SNL and CineFix. Anderson is no stranger to extending his style beyond his feature film work. Just this week H&M came out with a new holiday ad directed by Anderson, a tradition he seems to be carrying on after his fantastic work making commercials for Prada.