While vaccines are rolling out and the pandemic, hopefully, is beginning to wind down, there are still a bunch of movies out there exploring the horror of what we’ve gone through. In the case of Ben Wheatley’s latest film, In the Earth, he frames the outbreak from the lens of its impact on nature, and the untamed evils that lurk in the forests.
In the Earth marks a return to the genre for Wheatley, and the small-scale thrillers of his early career. He debuted this one at Sundance just a couple of months ago, and I’ll be the first to admit it did not win me over at all.
The film stars Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires, John Hollingworth, and Mark Monera, many of which have worked with Wheatley in the past.
SYNOPSIS: As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, the forest coming to life around them.
NEON will release In the Earth into theaters on April 30th.