John McNaughton created one of the most raw, visceral and disturbing horror films ever: Mad Dog and Glory… Shit was terrifying! In all seriousness just try to watch McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer without feeling like you need to shower after. It is a hard movie to sit through. So when ever the man has a project coming out I am all ears.. or eyes. The Harvest seems to be going for more of slow burn drama approach and less of the Henry style or rawness, but I am still interested. IFC Midnight is releasing The Harvest on VOD on April 24th.
Synposis: In his first film in nearly fifteen years, the director of HENRY: THE PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER harks back to the depravity that made his 1986 debut a horror milestone. But less based in reality, THE HARVEST is closer to a fairy tale from Grimm’s darkest corners. Maryann (an impressive Natasha Calis) moves in with her grandparents after she’s orphaned. Desperately lonely, the preteen sets out to befriend a neighboring deathly ill, bed-ridden boy (Charlie Tahan), despite the outright disapproval of his mother (Samantha Morton). Maryann’s persistence pays off, however, and during a series of secret visits she gradually uncovers some seriously sinister goings-on in the house… Morton as the boy’s overprotective surgeon mom is the stuff of great screen villainy—at once utterly monstrous and tragically desperate—so much so that she makes even frequent heavy Michael Shannon, as the more subdued dad, pale in comparison.
THE HARVEST is the new film from director John McNaughton (WILD THINGS, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER), starring Michael Shannon (MIDNIGHTSPECIAL, MAN OF STEEL, Boardwalk Empire), Samantha Morton (CONTROL, IN AMERICA, SWEET AND LOWDOWN), Natasha Calis (THE POSSESSION, The Firm, DAYDREAM NATION), Charlie Tahan (BLUE JASMINE, I AM LEGEND), and Peter Fonda (3:10 TO YUMA, EASY RIDER).