Director John McNaughton’s last feature film was 2001’s Speaking of Sex, and before that came Wild Things (1998), Normal Life (1996) and Mad Dog and Glory (1993). However, McNaughton will forever be remembered for one of the finest serial killer films ever made, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
So good was that film that even today the director is measured on its brilliance, and even though has feature length film career has not exactly been amazing, McNaughton still causes a stir thanks to the reputation of his ferocious portrayal of Henry Lee Lucas, expertly played by a young Michael Rooker.
McNaughton is back, and The Harvest looks intense, disturbing and quite frightening. The incredible skills of actor Michael Shannon have been employed in this new dark thriller, and personally I really rate Shannon, and when he’s on form he is superb. Watching the trailer below, I am sure you’ll agree that Shannon is going all out crazy here, and he looks terrific.
The Harvest is directed by John McNaughton, based on a screenplay written by Stephen Lancellotti. Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan and Peter Fonda make up the cast.
In his first film in nearly 15 years, the director of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer harks back to the depravity that made his 1986 debut a horror milestone. But less based in reality, The Harvest is closer to a fairy tale from Grimm’s darkest corners. Maryann (Natasha Calis) moves in with her grandparents after she’s orphaned. Desperately lonely, the preteen sets out to befriend a neighboring deathly ill, bed-ridden boy (Charlie Tahan), despite the outright disapproval of his mother (Samantha Morton). Maryann’s persistence pays off, however, and during a series of secret visits she gradually uncovers some seriously sinister goings-on in the house… Morton as the boy’s overprotective surgeon mom is the stuff of great screen villainy—at once utterly monstrous and tragically desperate—so much so that she makes even frequent heavy Michael Shannon, as the more subdued dad, pale in comparison.
(thanks to Collider for the trailer)