How 'The Witch' Avoids Horror Film Cliches

There’s no hocus pocus in “The Witch.”

“We didn’t feel like we were making a horror,” actress Kate Dickie tells Made in Hollywood about her film. “It was a drama about a family that’s falling apart.”

The thriller tells the story of paranoia surrounding a 17th century New England community following the disappearance a child. During the time, allegations of witchcraft and supernatural forces were often used to explain mysterious circumstances.

Dickie’s costar Ralph Ineson says explainable phenomenon was a source of “fear” at the time and people believed “witches were actually real.”

“That’s what made this audience care about these people,” he says of the film.