NEON announced today that Ben Wheatley’s sci-fi pandemic horror film, IN THE EARTH, will be available in theaters on April 30, 2021.
The film had its world premiere this year at the Sundance Film Festival. To learn more about the film, check out our review.
Written and directed during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wheatley shared the reasoning behind making the film: “I wanted to make a film that was contextualized in the moment. Movies I was seeing that had been made but released during the pandemic felt very old-fashioned. No one is talking about what has just happened… Covid is going to mark a generation. It felt like making a film in 1946 and not referencing the fact that everyone had just gone through the second world war.
In that retrospect, I wanted to make something that would be immediate. To talk about this moment. I wanted to make something about the experience I was having right now. And I think that is what horror cinema should be. It takes the moment that we are living in and puts it into a genre.”
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.
The film stars Joel Fry (Cruella, Yesterday), Ellora Torchia (Midsommar, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands), Hayley Squires (In Fabric, “The Miniaturist”), Reece Shearsmith (“The League of Gentlemen”, “Psychoville”), John Hollingworth (“Poldark”, The Man Who Crossed Hitler), and Mark Monero (Villain, Mad About Dance).
IN THE EARTH is written and directed by Ben Wheatley (Rebecca, Sightseers).
Disclaimer/Editor’s Note: Nightmarish Conjurings doesn’t endorse seeing movies in theaters at this time due to the pandemic. Please consider VOD and/or Drive-In options and, if you go to the theater, please be safe.