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Director: John McNaughton.
Running Time: 104 minutes.
Synopsis: Maryann (Calis) moves in with her grandparents after the death of her mother and father. She soon makes friends with a local sick boy (Tahan) who is confined to his home by his overbearing mother (Morton). As the two embark on a forbidden friendship, the mother seems to become more and more intense.
FrightFest has been a place of just as many laughs as it has been scares this year, but one film that aims to keep things very serious indeed. Director of Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, John McNaughton, returns to supply one of the best films of the festival this year. The Harvest is an amazing achievement on many levels, not least that this is solid drama with a horror edge.
Starting off as a »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
John McNaughton, enfante-terrible of the BBFC thanks to his stunning 1986 debut feature Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, returns to genre film making after two decades away from horror (his Masters of Horror episode in 2006 is his only “horror” credit in 25 years), with a psychological thriller starring Britain’s very own Samantha Morton and everyone’s favourite Superman villain, Michael Shannon, who play married medical professionals Katharine and Richard Young who keep their sick son Andy isolated from the outside world in their remote countryside house.
However that isolation is broken when Maryann, following the death of her parents, moves in with her grandparents just down the road. Having left all she knows behind and feeling alone, she eventually befriends Andy – despite the vehement protest of his overprotective mother, »
- Phil Wheat
Nearly 25 years have passed since John McNaughton’s landmark true-crime horror film “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” snuck into U.S. theaters — and that itself was long after its 1986 festival premiere, a protracted tussle with the MPAA accounting for the delay.
Filmmaking would never be an easy ride for the Chicago-based director. Half a dozen narrative features (offbeat comedy “Mad Dog and Glory” and erotic thriller “Wild Things” among them) followed before he retreated from bigscreen work in 2001. Sporadic TV assignments followed — including a 2006 chapter for Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series, which placed him in the company of John Carpenter and Takashi Miike, among others.
See Also: Film Review – “The Harvest”
And it’s to the horror genre that he returns with his comeback feature “The Harvest,” which McNaughton will present Aug. 23 at FrightFest in London. Starring Samantha Morton as the dangerously overprotective mother of a teenage shut-in, »
- Guy Lodge
After a very lengthy hiatus into directing for TV, ranging from single episodes of John From Cincinnati to Masters of Horror, John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer) is back with his first feature film since the turn of the century. Most people will recall the hysterically trashy noir from the late 1990s, Wild Things, the one that featured then popular starlets Neve Campbell and Denise Richards ejnoying a lengthy spot of erotic mingling; I believe the film also showed the world Kevin's Bacon.McNaughton chooses a painterly, often cloying, small town Americana vibe in The Harvest, such that it first appears that the director has taken up the mantle of restrained, simple drama -- to the point of somnambulism, but gradually, and with care, the film...
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Horror movies have given us no shortage of overprotective mothers over the years, though Samantha Morton takes that archetype to new extremes in “The Harvest,” a powerful coming-of-ager with the potential both to scar and strengthen the psyches of an entire generation — if only it could find a distributor as daring as the folks who made it. Pitting two impressive teenage newcomers against an as-yet-unseen side of Morton creepy enough to rival Kathy Bates in “Misery,” this deeply unsettling child-endangerment dramamarks director John McNaughton’s welcome left-field return to the bigscreen after an absence of nearly a dozen years.
Always a bit of an outsider owing to his gift for blending dark humor and taboo subjects, McNaughton made his name with “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” before entering the freeze-frame hall of fame with “Wild Things,” but has worked only in television since 2001. Though hardly an obvious project with which to return, »
- Peter Debruge
This year’s Film4 FrightFest guest list brings together the great, the grand and the gifted as over 100 filmmakers, performers, writers and producers from all over the world make their way to the Vue West End for the 15th Film4 FrightFest event which runs from Thursday 21st – Monday 25th August. Highlights – at least as far as we here at Nerdly are concerned – include the legend(s) that are Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm St.) and Alan Moore (Watchmen), the infamous Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik), Frightfest fave Adam Green (Hatchet, Holliston), the always-wonderful Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare, The Tour) and friend to Nerdly, Federico Zampaglone (Tulpa) whose short Remember I’m possibly looking forward to seeing the most at this years festival!
Check out the press release below:
He lit up the 1980s and 90s genre landscape with one of the classic horror performances of all time as Freddy Krueger »
- Phil Wheat
Harvest Home: McNaughton’s Return Yields Blighted Crop
Fans of director John McNaughton, known for his gruesome cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), as well as that tawdry neo-noir Wild Things (1998), will be happy to realize he’s returned to filmmaking with The Harvest, his first feature film since 2001. An indie thriller written by first time screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti, it’s headlined by the likes of Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. While there are several standout moments in the film, it’s constantly marred by an underwhelming screenplay that has a few too many inconsistencies to support the development of tension or believability. The insistent need for extravagant twists undermines the logic of the narrative, something unnecessary here considering the intensity of the performances.
Katherine (Morton) and Richard (Shannon) care for their son Andy (Charlie Tahan) in their isolated home in the countryside. Both working in the medical profession, »
- Nicholas Bell
In the Red Room with a Vue, the chorus of delighted FrightFester’s are set to join together in joyous song for the chorus of their clawed and shrivelled icon…
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.
Three, four, Better lock your door
Five, six, grab your crucifix.
Seven, eight, Gonna stay up late.
Nine, ten, He’s back again.”
If life can be described as a disappointment, of a vortex of uncertainty, then the one constant is FILM4 FrightFest, which, like a beacon of light, guides us to safely towards a guaranteed trip of unadulterated pleasure into the Dark Heart of Cinema every August Bank Holiday.
So what news has fallen upon our ears to add a little more detail to what the landscape of FrightFest 15 looks like?
Well, this year’s Film4 FrightFest guest list brings together the great, the grand and the gifted as over 100 filmmakers, performers, »
- Paul Risker
“I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy.” It may be hard to believe, but it’s been thirty years since Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger said those words to Heather Langenkamp’s Nancy in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. A 30th anniversary screening of the film is taking place at this year’s Film4 FrightFest, and Englund has been announced as a member of a guest lineup that includes Alan Moore.
Taking place at London’s Vue West End, the 15th Film4 FrightFest will run from August 21st – 25th. In addition to celebrating the 30th anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Robert Englund will also be unveiling his latest film, The Last Showing.
- Derek Anderson
The central star of our recent A Nightmare On Elm Street look back, Robert Englund, has confirmed that he will be attending this year’s annual FrightFest. The event which takes place each August Bank Holiday and this year finds a new home at the Vue West End.
We had the honour of being in the great man’s presence once before and can confirm that he’s always an incredibly polite and articulate fella. Englund will be at the festival to launch his latest production The Last Showing as well as celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film that catapulted him to the status a horror icon. For those lucky enough to have tickets to the event the master of menace will not only be introducing each of the three screening of his latest venture, but also returning post credits for a Q&A session.
The guests don’t »
- Kat Smith
Nightmare on Elm Street star and comic-book legend set for horror festival.
The Us horror actor will attend the festival to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Wes Craven classic, screening on Aug 24, and to launch the latest production in which he stars, The Last Showing, which screens Aug 22.
Festival co-director Alan Jones described Englund as “one of the genre’s originals” and “an icon of fright”.
In support of opening film The Guest, Us actress Maika Monroe will present the UK premiere of the thriller, directed by Adam Wingard and co-starring Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens. Monroe is also the star of horror It Follows, which debuted at Cannes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — Robert Englund will be the star guest at Film4 FrightFest, which runs from Aug. 21-25 in London. The thesp will be attending the horror festival to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and to launch the latest production in which he stars, “The Last Showing.”
Other guests include Scream Queen Maika Monroe (“Labor Day”), who will present the opening film, “The Guest.” Director John McNaughton, who is best known for “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” will delivers his latest thriller “The Harvest.”
- Leo Barraclough
Discounting some scattered television work, director John McNaughton has been off the grid for 13 years as far as features go. Even then, you’d have to go back all the way to 1998 and “Wild Things” to find the last movie he’s made with any kind of traction, with a certain swimming pool scene featuring Denise Richards and Neve Campbell doing the rounds on an assortment of seedy list articles. And you’d have to rewind the tape even further to 1986’s “Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer,” to find the McNaughton film most likely to remain the ace in the cult director’s deck so far. In “The Harvest” McNaughton returns to add to the rich cinematic tradition depicting depraved parenting, and gets the best possible welcome back party at Montreal’s genre film festival Fantasia. The film kicks things off in clever and symbolic style. A junior baseball game is in progress, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Written by Stephen Lancellotti
Directed by John McNaughton
The Harvest is a modern gothic horror set in small-town America. On one hand embracing the mythology and horror of gothic sensibilities, the film also utilizes naturalism to create a sense of comfort and to help root emotions in reality. Katherine (Samantha Morton) and Richard (Michael Shannon) are a married couple caring for an ailing son, Andy (Charlie Tahan). Their apparent familial bliss is disrupted by the arrival of a pre-adolescent neighbor, Maryann (Natasha Calis). While Maryann’s intentions are nothing but cordial, the couple is wary of her curiosity, and tensions rise as she continually subverts their desires to stay away from their home. Maryann’s quest for truth and Andy’s friendship unravels a dark stain on the American family.
Illness is the central catalyst for the film’s tension as Andy’s sickness has become the »
- Justine Smith
This is my tenth year attending the Fantasia Film Festival, though it is my first with a press pass. Gone are the days where I pay for tickets and try to snatch interview subjects for a blog no one really reads. This year’s line-up will certainly be keeping me busy. Here are five to which I’m particularly looking forward.
Welcome to New York
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Ferrara’s work almost always comes with the pre-requisite of controversy, and here we find him back in his own personal playground: New York City. Granted, it’s been some time since the likes of Bad Lieutenant, and the city itself has changed a great deal from Koch to Giuliani environs. It has also been home to the unspeakable financial crimes of the past decade, which makes New York all the more interesting »
- Kenny Hedges
Anaïs Emery, artistic director of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Nifff), has hailed the 14th edition of the event as the strongest yet.
With a smattering of high profile guests including Terry Gilliam, Game Of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, Clerks director Kevin Smith and Henry, Portrait of A Serial Killer director John McNaughton, the festival has sparked unprecedented interest in the Swiss and international media.
“On the level of visibility, Niff really made a big step forward,” said Emery.
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Montreal-based genre festival to screen over 160 films at its 18th edition, which runs July 17-Aug 6.
Fantasia International Film Festival has unveiled the full line-up for its 18th edition, which takes place in Montreal from July 17-Aug 6.
Along with those previously announced in the first two waves, this year’s festival will also host the world premieres of Gun Ho Jang’s Heavenly Sword, Simon Boisvert’s Bold & Brash: Filmmaking Boisvert Style, Nick Szostakiwskyj’s Black Mountain Side, Maude Michaud’s Dys-, Chad Archibald & Matt Wiele’s Ejecta and LeRoy McCoy’s McCoy the Space Cowboy.
As previously announced, Jacky in the Kingdom of Women and Welcome to New York bookend this year’s festival.
Jonas Alexander Amby’s Cannes title When Animals Dream will receive its North American premiere as part of the festival’s Camera Lucida strand, which will also screen the likes of Josephine Decker’s Thou Wast Mild and Lovely and the North »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
Called “The Woodstock of Gore” by Guillermo Del Toro, otherwise more commonly known to the rest of us as FILM4 FrightFest, has recently announced the line-up of its 15th annual instalment that runs from Thursday 21st to Monday 25th August. This year sees FrightFest relocate to a new home at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, which has become home to the annual FrightFest All-Nighter.
In the year that sees one of the world’s leading genre festivals set down new roots, the programme will take on an international flavour whilst ensuring it embraces both genre features and shorts with “sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.”
FrightFest organisers are labelling the 15th chapter as an historic moment in the festival’s growth. Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, »
- Paul Risker
Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend, has become a staple film festival for those with a taste for the macabre. This year’s event sees a location change from the Empire on Leicester Square, to the Vue on Leicester Square. The reason for this is to give the event more space which as attendance grows each year is very much in demand.
Today the oragnisers has revealed the full line-up for the weekend long festival. See all the info from their press release below:
So what can you look forward to?
For a start the latest works by all your favourite cult directors: Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Among The Living, Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows and Extraterrestrial, John McNaughton’s The Harvest, Nicolas McCarthy’s Home, »
- Kat Smith
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