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*Updated* This April, genre fans have a lot of interesting films arriving on VOD and Digital Platforms to look forward to, including the highly-anticipated directorial debut from Ryan Gosling, Lost River, which Warner Bros. is set to release on the 10th.
The very same day, IFC Films is debuting the latest from filmmaker John McNaughton- The Harvest- who is the same visionary behind the visceral cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer starring Michael Rooker. FilmBuff will also be busy on April 10th as they’re releasing The Reconstruction of William Zero, an indie sci-fi thriller starring Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture), Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead), Aj Bowen (You're Next), and newcomer Conal Byrne.
April is also chock-full of genre entertainment choices from Uncork’d Entertainment and we’ve also got several indie horror titles making their way to digital as well including the latest from Dark Sky Films, »
- Heather Wixson
From John McNaughton, director of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, comes The Harvest, his first feature film since 2001's Speaking of Sex. The film concerns a couple in a small community who keep their child separated from the outside world. But, when a teenage girl moves into the house next door, some doubt is cast on the family's motivation for the seclusion.
On the surface the plot is dead simple and the majority of the film takes place in the small area of two properties side-by-side. There are twists, yes, a big revelation you sort of see coming, but the film packs a larger emotional punch, brought to life by two veteran actors Samantha Morton and Michael Shannon.
Morton gives a truly raw performance as Katherine, an over protective mother-on-the-edg [Continued ...] »
The Harvest, from Henry: Portrait of a serial Killer director John McNaughton, was a firm audience favourite when it aired at last Summer’s London Frightfest and fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the films UK debut. Well the wait is over… Signature Entertainment, have announced the June 22nd release of the film under the title of Can’t Come Out to Play – which is perhaps a more apt, if over-simplified, title given that The Harvest was as generic of a title as they come. Although Both names do fit the story quite succinctly:
Feeling nothing but devastation after the loss of her mother and father, teenager Maryann (Natasha Calis) moves in with her grandparents and is delighted when she befriends Andy (Charlie Tahan). Andy is in very poor health, and he must stay within his home and carefully follow the instructions of his mother Katherine (Samantha Morton) – who »
- Phil Wheat
Despite director John McNaughton’s best efforts, The Harvest is plagued by a host of cinematic parasites that eat through every scene until only an empty, shallow husk remains. Although its theatrical poster showcases a quaint little house that’s engulfed in raging flames, the actual film proves to be quite timid, blandly underacted, and exhaustively flat – a false representation of the chaos that’s dangled in front of our faces. That’s not to say misrepresentation ruins The Harvest outright, but the movie on-hand is about as lifeless as they come, and puts this poor Bessie out to pasture within mere minutes. I never thought I’d see the day where I wanted More out of Michael Shannon, but that’s why I never say never.
- Matt Donato
At one time or another, we’ve all felt we’ve had the worst parents in the world. We have our reasons, but watch The Harvest (2013) and you’ll quickly reevaluate your thinking. The question arises… what is a child’s life worth and how far will you go to save that life when certain death rears its unfriendly head?
The Harvest tells the story of a seriously ill boy named Andrew, bed-ridden and bored out of his mind. He’s not allowed to leave the house, play baseball, have friends or go to school, and is barely allowed to leave his room. Andrew, played by Charlie Tahan, is weak and can barely stand on his own, but he still has desires just like any boy his age. These desire have been successfully subdued by his over-protective, borderline psychotic mother Katherine, played by Samantha Morton. Then a misunderstood, rebellious girl »
- Travis Keune
Now, for Europe, it’s the next high-end drama. All over Europe, as Cannes’ Mip TV market will underscore, pay TV operators (Canal Plus and Sky), broadcasters (Italy’s Mediaset, Spain’s Atresmedia), and some of its mightiest film-tv production companies (France’s Studiocanal, Germany’s Constantin) are either moving into English-language drama or amping up production.
Several market factors are at work. “There’s a highly competitive U.S. market for drama in premium and basic cable,” says Tim Westcott, analyst at Ihs Technology. “In international, premium pay TV operators are looking to invest in original series to protect their core business from Svod operators who are offering content more cheaply.”
The result: A near feeding frenzy for the production and acquisition of ambitious, »
- John Hopewell
You might think that from the title The Harvest, you might think you know what John McNaughton's new movie is about but chances are, you're not quite right. Or maybe you are and the trailer is just deceiving.
Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton, two powerhouse actors, star as the parents of a sickly boy who spends most of his time at home under the watchful eye of his mother. And then a new neighbour moves in next door and their daughter starts to visit the sickly son causing all sorts of havoc on the family and unearthing secrets that suggest the little boy isn't quite as sick as he's made out to be and Morton's mother figure is more of a monster than a great mom.
I got vibes of a horror version of "The Secret Garden." Sorry to put that into your head but tha [Continued ...] »
Guests at the garden party in the upcoming creature feature, Stung, will have to replace their EpiPens with swords and flamethrowers if they want to survive the giants wasps from below that are featured in the film's first trailer. Also included in our latest video round-up is a boy next door with a creepy caretaker in John McNaughton's The Harvest, as well as Helen McCrory's tour of her character's eerily decorated mansion from the upcoming second season of Showtime's Penny Dreadful.
Stung: "Mrs. Perch, an elderly, wealthy lady from rural America, is throwing a fancy garden party at her remote country villa. Same procedure as every year - except this time her illegally imported plant fertilizer seeps into the ground. Subsequently, a local species of killer wasps that usually lay their eggs into other insects mutates into 7 ft tall predators. And the celebrating upper class company provides »
- Derek Anderson
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
The Harvest Trailer. John McNaughton‘s The Harvest (2013) movie trailer stars Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan, and Peter Fonda. The Harvest‘s plot synopsis: “Maryann (Natasha Calis) moves in with her grandparents after she’s orphaned. Desperately lonely, the preteen sets out to befriend a [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
A trailer has arrived online for Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer director John McNaughton’s upcoming horror The Harvest, starring Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
In his first film in nearly 15 years, the director of Henry: 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 (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 »
- Gary Collinson
A cursory glance over the official synopsis for The Harvest reveals that it’s the first film John McNaughton has made in “nearly 15 years.” After that lengthy hiatus, the cult director responsible for bringing out a bold performance from Michael Rooker in Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer is back to send more heebie jeebies down your spine.
In his forthcoming domestic thriller, the story follows a young girl who moves in with grandparents following her parents’ untimely death. In an effort to seek out companionship of those closer to her in age, she befriends a young boy from the neighborhood despite his parents’ vehement disapproval. As kids are wont to do, she sneaks in anyway to solidify their friendship and discovers that there’s a reason his parents don’t want outsiders popping round for a quick go on the X-Box.
- Gem Seddon
Collider exclusively premiered the trailer today, and The Harvest stars Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton as a controlling and over-protective mother and father caring for their bed-ridden, wheelchair bound son (Charlie Tahan). The boy makes a friend in a young girl (Natasha Calis), who quickly realizes that the parents’ reluctance to let their son out of the house is masking their more sinister behavior for how they care for him. Here’s the synopsis via Collider:
In his first film in nearly 15 years, the director of Henry: 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. »
- Brian Welk
Out this month is The Harvest, the first feature from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer‘s John McNaughton in quite some time. The official U.S. trailer from IFC details the familial horror that awaits… Starring Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton, The Harvest is “closer to a fairy tale from Grimm’s darkest corners. Maryann (Natasha Calis) moves in with her…
The post Official Trailer: Mom is Crazy in Henry Director’s The Harvest appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Director John McNaughton knows how to craft camp. In 1998 he delivered the cult classic “Wild Things” but for whatever reasons, over a decade has passed between that film and his next feature, "The Harvest." And it has been slow in arriving, filmed quite a few years ago, and making its way around the festival circuit in 2013 and 2014. It finally has a home at IFC Midnight, and the first trailer has arrived for this awesomely campy thriller. Starring Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, and Peter Fonda, the story follows a deathly-ill, bed-ridden boy who forges a friendship with the new girl who moves in next door. However, his mother slowly begins a campaign of psychological terror against her son as she takes what seems at first like an unreasonable stance against the friendship. And even her hen-pecked husband can't stand up to her domineering ways. But when the secret behind her hysteria is discovered, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Michael Shannon has proved how creepy he can be in action films and thrillers like Man of Steel and The Iceman, but his latest movie is straight-up horror territory. In The Harvest, coming out in select theaters and On Demand on April 10, he and Samantha Morton star as parents who basically keep their sickly son prisoner in their home. When they get some new neighbors, the girl insists on befriending the kid and starts to discover some pretty strange goings-on in the home. I honestly can't tell who should be more afraid of being in that house: the neighbor girl or that poor kid. The movie actually looks really great, and if you've emotionally recovered from It Follows, why not scare the crap out of yourself again? Check out the trailer below, plus even more upcoming horror movies! »
Michael Shannon takes his talents to the horror genre in the first trailer for IFC Midnight’s The Harvest, which we’re pleased to exclusively debut today. Directed by John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), the story revolves around a young girl (Natasha Calis) who befriends her new next-door neighbor, a bed-ridden boy with a serious illness. As she starts spending more time with him, though, she discovers that the boy’s parents are harboring some sinister secrets. Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton play the parents, and in this debut trailer you’ll see they’re putting forth a pair of terrifying performances. Check out our exclusive debut of the first The Harvest trailer below. The film opens in select theaters and on VOD on April 10th. [complextv contentid="NjeDRidDqhWcb9EbTxgbeMkziOWdkm_1" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Here’s the synopsis for The Harvest: In his first film in nearly 15 years, the director of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer »
- Adam Chitwood
An International Premiere at last summer’s Fantasia Film Festival and a selection at Lincoln Center’s annual Scary Movies in New York, John McNaughton’s The Harvest is set for release this April from IFC Midnight. From the director of the revered Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Harvest stars Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. In the film, “Maryann…
- Samuel Zimmerman
“I fear some intellect does not look good in shorts”.
And her co-star?
“I like ‘wank away the pain’” nods Helen Monks, beaming.
There’s your capsule image of Aretha and Germaine Garry, teen sisters played by Davies and Monks in the Midlands-set comedy - two diametrically opposed peas in a crowded, chaotic and very funny pod.
Caitlin Moran, who co-wrote the autobiographically inspired sitcom with sister Caz (their teenage years providing the respective templates for horny, fanciful Germaine and bookish cynic Aretha), has described the pair as life-long rivals in the mould of Batman v the Joker, Sherlock v Moriarty, Badger v…
“Bodger?” offers Monks. Close enough. »
Back in January, we reported that Fox had given a pilot order to their small-screen Minority Report sequel and over the past week, with production expected to begin soon, Fox has finalized its main cast for the upcoming sci-fi series. Stark Sands (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Meagan Good (Think Like A Man) have landed the lead roles with Sands playing the dual roles of Dash and Arthur, the two male Precogs, and Good playing Lara Vega, a detective haunted by her past, who will work with Dash to help him find a purpose for his gift. Laura Regan (Mad Men), Li Jun Li (Damages), and Daniel London (Minority Report) round out the rest of the cast with Regan playing Agatha, the Precog played by Samantha Morton in the original film, Li will play a CSI technician named Akeela, and London will reprise his role as Wally the Caretaker from the original 2002 film. »
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