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Small Yet Chilling Details Fans Noticed About 'The Witch'

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Director Robert Eggers spent four years researching to make The Witch as historically accurate as possible. So you know there are a host of Easter eggs and historical references to be found in the 2015 slow burner.

Scroll on for a collection of the most chilling and fascinating insights from fans on Tumblr and subreddit r/MovieDetails. Don't forget to vote up the ones you find bewitching. 

* Note: spoilers for The Witch ahead.

  • 1

    A Theory That Could Change Everything

    Photo: The Witch / A24

    From Redditor u/RooBlemford:

    The food on the farm is infected by ergot fungus, a hallucinogenic fungus. Many scholars believe that ergot poisoning contributed to the paranoia surrounding the Salem witch trials in 1693.

  • 2

    A Bit Of Foreshadowing

    Photo: The Witch / A24

    From Redditor u/AlfonzoG_YT:

    When bullying Mercy, Thomason tells her she "dances naked through the woods," which is more or less what she does at the end of the movie.

  • 3

    Historically Accurate

    Photo: The Witch / A24

    From Redditor u/AlfonzoG_YT:

    Jonas and Mercy claim to have forgotten their prayers, which angers Katherine and William. In Christian religion, witches, or those cursed by witches, are said to be unable to complete a prayer.

  • 4

    Black Phillip Is A Bad Sign

    Photo: The Witch / A24

    From Redditor u/wifi9:

    There is always a scene featuring Black Phillip before something bad happens.

    From Redditor u/vegatr0n:

    I'm not sure this detail is 100% accurate but I love The Witch so much I don't even care.

    Behind the scenes, the goat who played Black Phillip was an absolute nightmare to deal with. He was extremely hard to control, and he injured several of the cast members, including dislodging a tendon in Ralph Ineson (the dad)'s ribs.