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.
- Rating: R (Grisly Images|Strong Violent Content|Language)
- Genre: mystery and thriller, horror
- Original Language: English
- Director: Ben Wheatley
- Producer: Andrew Starke
- Writer: Ben Wheatley
- Release Date (Theaters): Apr 16, 2021 limited
- Runtime: 1h 40m
- Production Co: Rook Films, Neon
Starring: Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora Torchia, Mark Monero, John Hollingworth, Ellora Torchia, Hayley Squires, Reece Shearsmith
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic takes an even darker turn in Ben Wheatley‘s In the Earth movie. Filmed over the course of 15 days in August 2020, the horror flick takes an intimate look at the consequences of isolation, miscommunication, and paranoia, all three of which have unfortunately come to define our new normal.
Since debuting at the Sundance Film Festival in late January, where it was met with a positive reception from critics, In the Earth has drawn increased interest from fans interested in the burgeoning subgenre of pandemic horror. If you fall into this category — or if you’re simply curious about this timely take on our current nightmare — you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about In the Earth movie, where to watch, and more!
WHAT IS IN THE EARTH MOVIE ABOUT?
Set against the backdrop of a deadly virus that has ravaged the world, In the Earth tells the story of a doctor (Joel Fry) who travels alongside a park scout (Ellora Torchia) into a remote forest in search of life-saving equipment. However, their journey turns into a nightmare when the forest comes to life around them, and before long, the two must fight for their lives as dark forces threaten to tear them apart from the inside-out.
WHAT IS THE IN THE EARTH RELEASE DATE?
Ben Wheatley’s In the Earth debuted at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 29, but distributor Neon has not yet announced a wide release date. However, according to Deadline, In the Earth movie is expected to be released theatrically in the U.S. later this year.
IN THE EARTH MOVIE: WHERE TO WATCH WHEN IT PREMIERES
Thanks to an existing deal between Neon, the film’s distributor, and Hulu, it’s likely that In the Earth will debut on Hulu shortly after its theatrical release. In the past, Neon titles such as Oscar winner Parasite and The Beach Bum have hit Hulu about five months after their U.S. theatrical premiere (and in the case of Parasite, five months to the day).
IN THE EARTH MOVIE 2021 CAST: JOEL FRY, HAYLEY SQUIRES, AND MORE
In the Earth may not boast a large cast, but it is mighty. The horror flick stars Joel Fry as doctor Martin Lowery, Ellora Torchia as park scout Alma, Reece Shearsmith as off-the-grid survivalist Zach, and Hayley Squires as Martin’s lost colleague Olivia Wendle.