Saturday, July 4, 2015

¡Qué horror! 2015
Candidate #13

(October 2013)

Don't let the less-than-stellar one sheet fool you.

The Harvest is John McNaughton’s welcome (and rather overdue) return to the feature world. Working off a deliberately paced and neatly constructed script by Stephen Lancellotti (apparently his first), McNaughton delivers a chilling portrait of just how far parents will go for their children.
This one takes its time to really kick in, but audience patience will reap dividends.
Plus, there’s a pair of crackerjack names here: Michael Shannon and, in a brilliant Mother. Of. The. Year. performance, Samantha Morton.
The younger set is ably represented by Charlie Tahan, currently on Fox’s Wayward Pines, and The Possession’s Natasha Calis.
Plus, Peter Fonda in a supporting role!

So, yes, some may not actually think of The Harvest as “horror,” but really, the onscreen situation is by turns horrific, tragic, and disturbing.
So, ¡Q horror! stamp of approval right there…

(The Harvest OS courtesy of

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