Watch the trailer for ‘Game of Thrones’ director’s new 1600s witch-hunter thriller

The scary first trailer has been released for a new horror movie from one of the directors of Game of Thrones.

Set in 1600s England, The Reckoning is co-written and directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Hellboy).

The official synopsis reads: “After losing her husband during the Great Plague, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk) is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee).

“Forced to endure physical and emotional torture while steadfastly maintaining her innocence, Grace must face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind.”

Writers Neil Marshall and Charlotte Kirk commented: “The Reckoning was initially born out of a desire to spin a good yarn that would chill and thrill in equal measure. We love the idea of scaring the hell out of audiences and wanted to make something truly terrifying, but also unlike anything we’d seen before.

“As part of the creative process we did a ton of research, and the more we unearthed about the horrific trials and tribulations thousands of women were forced to endure, we felt this story should carry a more powerful message along with the scares.

“So, The Reckoning is as much about female empowerment as it is about Witch Hunts and the Great Plague of 1665.

“And, of course, when making the movie in 2019 we had no idea the world was about to be brought to its knees by a modern-day plague, and how that would add to the many reasons this movie is so relevant for today’s audience.”

Watch the (slightly terrifying) trailer:

 

The Reckoning will be released in the US on demand and in cinemas where they’re open on Friday 5th February.

House of the Dragon, the upcoming Game of Thrones follow-up series, begins filming later this year and the main cast was recently announced.

The complete Game of Thrones box set is available on DVD on Amazon.