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 So you know there are a host of Easter eggs and historical references to be found in the 2015 slow burner.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.

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    A Theory That Could Change Everything

    A Theory That Could Change Everything
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    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.

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    A Bit Of Foreshadowing

    A Bit Of Foreshadowing
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    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.

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    The Fate Of The Twins

    The Fate Of The Twins
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    From Redditor u/Madlyneedahouse:

    When the first baby is killed, the baby is ground up and rubbed over the witch's body. We then see her rubbing a long stick down with the same blood. It was believed at the time that witches used blood to give them the power of flight.

    After Thomasin wakes up at the end of the film, and the twins are nowhere to be found, she goes into the woods where she finds a circle of women dancing around a bonfire. All of them are covered in blood. They then begin to levitate.

    Thomasin, who hasn't touched the blood of her siblings is, however, covered in her mother's blood.

    From Redditor u/Rennim:

    The Witch probably took them and left Thomasin. All the other occurrences with the Witch were likely to frame Thomasin, and this was the last.

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    309 VOTES

    Historically Accurate

    Historically Accurate
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    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.