If your a regular follower of The Peoples Movies and our sister site Cinehouse you know how much we love The Witch. From our 2015 Sundance Reviews right through to our recent cinema review from our resident Horror writer Bradley, 3 different reviews all loved the film. HCG (Hero Complex Gallery) have joined forces with Lionsgate to present three new official The Witch posters by artists Vance Kelly, Matt Ryan Tobin and David Moscati.
Temptation is high with these great pieces of artwork and like virtually every great piece of art that comes from HCG will sell out fast. If you are keen to purchase head over to their website.
The Witch is available to buy in UK&Ireland from 18th July.
Vance Kelly commented “I was thrilled to take on this project as I was an immediate fan of the film. Robert Eggers did a wonderful job tapping into the dark areas of our history and mythologies.
I always enjoy creating artwork that depicts the struggle between light and dark. After all, isn’t that the definitive process of creating art, using light and dark to create form? It was exciting to create an image that feels dark and atmospheric while using an old pen and ink style that emulates engraving and block cut techniques from the era when the film takes place.
It is my hope that the artwork serves well as a companion piece to this amazing film.”
“With my piece I wanted to capture the nature and feeling of the film in its entirety. Create one still image that can transmit a tone that matches the subject matter. My take on the film left me respecting the restraint and subtlety while it was able to harness an ever-present hostility and tension.
The bleak and rough nature the art direction took on in the film gave way to my decision to drain my art of any vivid colors. Mood-setting is important in film as it is in art. The gray-tone reflects that of the aesthetic of the film and exemplifies the emotion of a desperate time period.
Black Phillip is so very important in the film. However in my opinion, his purpose and true motives are not revealed until much later and prior to this is only speculation. So with this in mind I wanted to have him represented in a more clever way and less of a centerpiece.
The other component that was important was the woods. The ambiguity of what is actually out there. The rabbit. The Crow. The Witch. The woods are all encompassing. Nothing is certain. So by merging the woods with Phillip, it shows His all encompassing power and overarching reach. The marrying of the two images also symbolizes the hidden nature of what he truly was. He was always there, but you weren’t sure of what he would turn out to be.
– David Moscati
“I saw The Witch on opening weekend and absolutely fell in love. It felt like a love letter to true horror fans and film fans alike. It’s my kind of film in every way. Aesthetically and sonically this film somehow captures emotion, deprivation, helplessness and compassion, as well as pure, unadulterated terror. It makes you feel something real, which can be argued isn’t occurring in most modern horror films today.
With this poster I wanted to use the film’s palette and imagery to create something that complimented the film rather than imposing my own interpretation. I went with “less is more” here. Blackness. Ominousness. Foreboding evil. A witch embracing her master, pure darkness in the shape of a goat – whispering in his ear – I chose to go landscape with this as it tends to create more atmosphere – a very important and beautiful attribute The Witch also has. It’s not just a brilliant horror movie…it’s a brilliant film.”
– Matt Ryan Tobin