Release Date: April 10th.
Written by: Stephen Lancellotti.
Directed by: John McNaughton.
Starring: Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Charlie Tahan, and Natasha Calis.
Back in 1986, director John McNaughton burst onto the scene with Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, which is to this day one of the most disturbing movies that we've ever seen. Throughout the years, he gave us a few other gems like Mad Dog and Glory, and Wild Things, but then out of nowhere he stopped making feature films altogether in 2001.
14 years later, he returns to the director's chair with The Harvest; a creepy, performance-driven project that overall, was a solid effort. Not a true return to form for the man, mind you, but still a solid effort.
The Harvest is going to be a hard movie to talk about without spoiling it, so we're going to keep things as vague as possible.
The Harvest is the story of Andy; a very sick little boy whose overprotective parents keep him locked away inside of the house, presumably for fear of him getting sicker or hurting himself. Mom is a doctor who treats his illness herself at home, and Dad is kind of a milquetoast who does whatever Mom tells him to, because she is scary.
|YEAH GUYS, SHE'S PRETTY MUCH THE PROBLEM.|
|THAT LOOK JUST SCREAMS "NO WIRE HANGERS!" TO US.|
|THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR SNOOPING!|
Though the big "twist" comes about halfway in, it becomes fairly clear what's actually going on well before that. It's a pretty simple set-up, but it is a fairly disturbing one, and it at least offers up some intense situations to offset its simplicity.
|SHE FIGURED IT OUT, AND NO ONE BELIEVED HER...|
The kids were solid in this one too. Charlie Tahan makes for a convincing victim, and Natasha Calis is a tenacious little heroine. They're both definitely stars on the rise.
|NOBODY DOES CREEPY AND INTENSE BETTER THAN THIS GUY.|
The ending was a bit of a letdown too, as it came on too quickly, and felt rather anticlimactic. I'm not sure what we were expecting, but it was certainly something more harrowing and threatening than what we got. And the epilogue just felt like a quick scene that was filmed as an afterthought, and it left us with that sucky "That's it?" feeling.
|THEY COULD HAVE MADE PETER FONDA'S CHARACTER A DOG, AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SAME THING.|
Still, if your a fan of anyone who is involved, it's well worth a rental.
The Harvest is available now on VOD.
Samantha Morton creeped us out in this one, so we are not going to call her hot! Attractive is all that she gets this time.