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The Goat from ‘The Witch’ Appears in ‘It Comes at Night’!

The A24 Cinematic Universe is (kind of) a thing.

When Robert Eggers’ The Witch was released last year, a 210-pound billy goat named Charlie became its breakout star. Charlie, who played the devilish Black Phillip in the terrifying period piece, quickly became an internet sensation… but will he continue working in the horror genre? As it turns out, his second horror film is currently playing in theaters!

In an interview with MIC, It Comes at Night stars Riley Keough and Christopher Abbot revealed that a goat featured in their film is the very same goat that played Black Phillip in The Witch! Both films were released by distribution company A24, so the amusing connection makes total sense.

It was literally the same goat,” Abbot revealed to the outlet. “He or she wasn’t as featured in our movie, but [it was the] same goat actor. It must just be A24’s goat. It’s in the mailing room, too. That’s a fun little fact. People are gonna freak out over that.”

You’re a star, Charlie. A big, bright shining star.



  • Ima Badlady

    Celeb goat.

  • The_Gentleman

    That’s hilarious. Black Phillip should get a spin-off. To hell with The Nun.

  • sTikInsEkT

    you heard it here guys. The what from the what appears in what.

  • Necro

    Calling Rob Zombie

  • Rohan

    Same goat = shared universe

    Does that mean, the Hangover and Night at the museum take place in the same universe too!?

  • Greg_Peterson

    Glad he got to be in a GOOD horror movie first.

  • zombie84_41

    It comes at night was soooo good. It was a very slow burn dense unsettling flick. If you guys haven’t seen The Blackcoats Daughter check that out too. A24 knows how to get under your skin.

    • J Jett

      i can’t wait to see IT COMES AT NIGHT! how was Carmen Ejogo in it? i just love her!

      • Creepshow

        She was decent with the small(ish) role she had. The film is definitely different, and it’s own thing. But unfortunately you never discover what that thing is, and that is a shame. It was like having a dream that you’re having sex or masturbating. End result is…No Climax.

        • J Jett

          Creepshow, that’s a bummer to read. i’m currently in a mental state where i will NOT watch any movie or tv show that ends in a cliffhanger or where it ends with no concrete ending/”climax” (LOL!). one of my favorite shows ever (Netflix’s SENSE 8) was just abruptly cancelled (by Netflix) after it’s second season and it ended on a HUGE cliffhanger. they couldn’t even bother to give the show’s fans/viewers a 3-5 episode 3rd season wrap up. I’M PISSED! so does this IT COMES AT NIGHT film end in an unsatisfying way?

          • Creepshow

            Cliffhanger…no. Unsatisfying…I’d have to say yes. But you’d have to see it to understand better. Not a bad film, but it felt like a petered-out, unfinished ending.

          • J Jett

            oh, i get you. thanks for the info/clarification my friend! 🙂

          • Creepshow

            I don’t really understand all the positive reviews, when the audience is left severely short changed.

          • The Wolf

            Not all movies need to lay out a definitive answer. It’s a common in American cookie cuter faire, but I enjoy that American indies are taking cues from Europe or Art House in showing that you don’t have to give definitive answers. Ending a movie on mystery is a good thing.

          • Creepshow

            Agreed. But not in this case. The re-watchability for this film is zero. And the kick in the pants is, I liked most of this movie.

          • The Wolf

            Disagree but maybe we like different kind of movies. Best Horror/Thriller for me of late has been this, The Witch, It Follows, Green Room and Don’t Breathe.

          • Creepshow

            One of those is great, three are ok, and one I detest. As far as mysterious films, I am more along the lines of The Neon Demon, and Under the Skin.

          • Evan3

            I also disagree that it leaves anything unanswered. Everything is pretty tidily cleared at the end. To the extent anything is unanswered (who was sick… and when), the outcome would not have been changed. And i feaking LOVED The Witch, but I really did think this was run of the mill, boring, and predictable.

          • JoeInTheBox

            It’s kind of all in how you look at it. I would think the marketing and even the title, leads audiences expectations in a certain direction, where as, the movie is concerned with something else.

            Without spoiling anything, I will say the movie’s intention, is about the creeping, inevitable paranoia and the sacrifices made in order to survive this kind of scenario. Ignore the actual title of the movie.

      • Evan3

        Yeah, she has about five lines of dialogue. Totally unremarkable. The story essentially rests on the shoulders of Edgerton and the actor playing his son.

      • zombie84_41

        Idk she didnt do much lol

    • Creepshow

      Dense is an understatement. You must have not thought it was that good, if you’re telling people to watch something else. I’ll give A24 credit for their low budget output, but you can only jerk someone’s chain for so long.

      • zombie84_41

        Ya I hear ya Creep. Its good for a while but I think this is all A24 is going for now.

  • J Jett

    that goat is a huge celebrity! i tried to get it’s autograph but it’s bodyguards kept us fans at bay.

  • Dr. Carrion Crow

    My wife and I named our eight month old son’s toy goat Black Philip.

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      you must luv this movie to name ur son that! I tweeted the director he said he is close to crying.

      • Dr. Carrion Crow

        It’s certainly one of my favorite recent horror films.

      • J Jett

        DJ, Dr. Crow said he named his son’s TOY goat Black Philip. they didn’t name their son Black Philip. LOL. 🙂

  • Buk Lau

    Make that money.

  • Creepshow

    Yes, for 2 seconds you see goats. Don’t expect to notice Black Phillip, because you won’t. They were just a couple of goats, man.

  • Francesco Falciani

    only 5m this’s flopping…i’m sorry about it. what’s happening to american audiance these days?

    • Creepshow

      I can see this film pissing a lot of people off.

    • Bart Crowe

      It’s a horror movie being released with little fan fare in the middle of Summer Blockbuster season what do you expect?. Honestly $5M is pretty good going up against Wonder Woman and The Mummy. I assume like most “R” rated horror movies the budget is pretty low and will recoup any losses at the theaters through distribution rights.

    • JackLantern13

      They were hoping for around 8m. Audience’s gave it a D cinemascore.

  • I hated The Witch, should I watch this movie?

    • JackLantern13


    • Creepshow

      How you felt about The Witch, should have nothing to do with future movies you watch.

      • Yeah, but this film is from the same producers of The Witch.

        • Creepshow

          Well, you most certainly will hate it then.

    • PetCactus

      I hated The Witch too but did not hate It Comes at Night. However I would suggest waiting for it to come out on VHS and watch it at home.

      • Yes, I’ll wait 🙂

    • JoeInTheBox

      It’s a different movie, than The Witch, but has the same slow burn. In a way, it also has the same sense of paranoia. To avoid getting hopes up, while I do think it is a horror movie, I think it’s more fitting to call it a paranoia drama.

      If you hate the pace and tone of The Witch, this probably isn’t for you, either.

  • Bart Crowe

    Black Phillip is a goat and the G.O.A.T.

  • RatSalade

    I didn’t care for it. A slow burn to nowhere. While there are parts I can appreciate, it just doesn’t deliver.

    • Creepshow

      The beginning was great, and then you’re left sitting there forever with zero payoff.

    • Evan3

      I very much agree with this. I even feel like a recut version could have really soared because a lot of pieces were there. But in the end, everything went down exactly as one would have predicted. Not a bad movie by any means, but certainly not worth the acclaim.

  • JackLantern13

    IT Comes at Night was boring and horrible. I feel like I’ve seen the movie three other times. Should barely be called a horror movie. The posters were the best thing about it.

  • DarkBree

    So, we have another shared universe and the goat is their Nick Fury.

  • Chris Sergi

    one of the worst movies of the past decade for me… I absolutely hated it. Im tired of this art house dribble being promoted as genre but it isn’t. Its oversaturated dramas that are so full of themselves, they never go anywhere…

  • Ted C

    “…quickly became an internet sensation” That doesn’t say much for the human race. Wow, we have become total idiots.

  • The Wolf

    A brutal and most excellent movie. Your soul would be crushed. Warning not for dumb dumbs who like action movies masquerading as horror.

    • Evan3

      I am no brainless action movie junkie and was still thoroughly underwhelmed. Twilight Zone has done more or less the same thing far better.

      • K-Dogg

        Same here Evan, I really liked this flick at the 30 minute mark, then it fell apart for me. I could not stand how this family couldnt see that their own son had some serious issues that needed major attention.

  • Evan3

    It’s funny. One of the first things I said after watching this film was “it would have been so much better with Black Phillip.” I honestly don’t remember seeing him (I do remember seeing some white goats, which sparked my comment).

    A while back, some artist had drawn up a mock advertisement for a Black Phillip action figure. I would buy that RIGHT NOW if I could.

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