Open Classroom: The Witch

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 7:00pm

This fall, join students and faculty from the Department of Cinema and Media Studies as we open classroom screenings to the public. Professor James Lastra leads discussion on two films from his course, Horror and Beyond, which takes the horror film as central to our understanding of cinema, speculating that all films are horror films. Members of the public are invited to attend and take part in the discussion after the film. 

In Robert Eggers’s Sundance breakout horror film, a 17th century New England family under threat of banishment by the church flees the plantation and settles at the edge of an ominous forest. But an unknown evil lurks within: their crops fail, their animals attack, and one child disappears while another seems to be possessed by an evil spirit. Anya Taylor-Joy, in a star-making performance, plays the teenage daughter whose family accuses her of witchcraft. Eschewing jump scares for a steadily overpowering sense of dread, The Witch is “a finely calibrated shiver of a movie” (New York Times) that uses the supernatural to analyze a community’s fear of women. (Robert Eggers, USA, 2016, 92 min., digital video) 

Masks and proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test are required for entry for this in-person event at the Logan Center. Learn more at