The Harvest

The Harvest

John McNaughton (2013)

99min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Parental devotion is taken to disturbing yet deeply tragic extremes in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer director John McNaughton's first theatrical feature in more than a decade. Excellently acted and boasting a seriously nail-biting second half, this slow-burning modern fairy tale recalls Stephen King's Misery and Georges Franju's Eyes without a Face, as Samantha Morton and Michael Shannon's married medical professionals bring up their ailing, wheelchair-bound son (Charlie Tahan) away from the outside world. But their over-protective actions are challenged when a teenage girl (Natasha Calis) moves into the neighbourhood and decides to befriend the boy, against his domineering mother's wishes. Dark secrets and emotional, character-driven horror follow, with McNaughton's naturalistic style producing sharp and tense psychological shocks; made extra impactful by Morton's complex and terrifying turn. Switching impressively between icy matter-of-factness and uncontrollable rage, she distracts from the film's occasional illogical aspects.

Summary

A lonely, recently orphaned young girl finds solace with a terminally ill boy whose parents forbid them seeing each other. As she sneaks into their house while they are out, she uncovers a terrifying secret about the family which puts her life, and that of her friend, in grave danger. Horror thriller, starring Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan and Peter Fonda.

Cast & Crew

Katherine Samantha Morton
Richard Michael Shannon
Maryann Natasha Calis
Andy Charlie Tahan
Grandfather Peter Fonda
Grandmother Leslie Lyles
Director John McNaughton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: DVD
Drama