In an age seemingly dominated by endless franchises comprised of copious prequels, sequels and spin-offs, it’s nice to know that some great films are still sacred.
So hats off to talented new director Robert Eggers, who insists that his acclaimed and award-winning creation The Witch will remain a standalone, one-off entity.
When asked by Entertainment Weekly if he would consider making a follow-up, Eggers replied:
“If I wanted to know what happens after the last shot of the film, I would have made a longer movie.”
Amen to that.
The magnificent psychological chiller, which may just be the finest horror movie of the last 15 or 20 years, certainly does not need a follow-up. In fact, such a move would greatly cheapen the highly atmospheric, compelling folk tale.
Rather, Eggers is considering following up The Witch with projects including a Rasputin TV show, a fresh take on iconic 1920s silent horror Nosferatu, and a drama about a Medieval knight.
Considering his obvious talent for combining period detail with weighty themes, a brooding tone and plenty of visual flair, all three sound like mouthwatering prospects.
The Witch will be released in UK cinemas on March 11. Check out the trailer: