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Harvest, The (2014)

Harvest, The (2014)Starring Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Peter Fonda, Charlie Tahan

Directed by John McNaughton

Distributed by Living Out Loud Productions



Harvest, The (2014)Starring Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Peter Fonda, Charlie Tahan

Directed by John McNaughton

Distributed by Living Out Loud Productions

Just because a movie has an itemized genre label of being horror, you don’t necessarily need a psychotic clown or a band of rampaging zombies tearing up the ruins of a city destroyed by the Apocalypse to scare you to the core. All you need is a simple scenario with two commanding characters and an underlying secret that is revealed once the heavy veil of deception is pulled aside, and there you have it – instant terror.

Two massive determining factors led me to jump on this review of The Harvest: 1) Michael Shannon has got to be one of the most underrated actors working in Hollywood today. Seriously, the guy could knock a performance out of the park in a trash bag commercial; he’s simply THAT good. 2) The film was directed by John McNaughton, who 28 years ago delivered a psychotic entity directly to our front doors in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer , an absolutely staggering debut in a directorial fashion. So why NOT take on this task?

The movie takes a look at the dark side of parenting, although you’d never realize just how aphotic the situation is until you’ve entered the home of Richard (Shannon) and his wife, Katherine (Morton), a pediatric heart surgeon who has dedicated her life to caring for their gravely ill son, Andy (Tahan). While Katherine plugs away at acting as Andy’s primary caregiver, Richard has recently quit his job to spend as much time as possible with his son. But he instead seems to have lost focus with his child and is spending time with a shapely drug representative who is filling more than just Andy’s bootleg prescriptions (if you’re pickin’ up what I’m layin’ down!).

Between Richard and Katherine, you could freeze ice cubes in the midst of a heat wave, considering all of the tension in their lives, but they manage to deliver at least the bulk of their time to the attention of their son, who is confined to a wheelchair and fights for every single breath that he takes. The level of care that they show for Andy is overshadowed by the fact that he is sheltered – a lonely boy who is home-schooled due to his illness but also never allowed to grasp the joys of being a child, such as playing catch with his father, mainly because Katherine, in her dogged pursuit to keep her child healthy, will NEVER allow him to be put at risk.

Enter the new kid in town – MaryAnne (Natasha Calis), who’s now residing with her grandparents (Leslie Lyles and Peter Fonda in a stoic performance) and comes to befriend Andy when she sees him one day in his bedroom window. This window will come to serve as an entry point for MaryAnne in her many unscheduled visits to spend time with her new pal, much to the chagrin of Andy’s mom… there’s the “nice” way of telling someone that they’ve overstayed their welcome, and then there’s Katherine’s method.

MaryAnne remains determined to help Andy break out of his enfeebled state and give him the chance to breathe that cherished outside air that he’s been deprived of for so long. The results of Andy and MaryAnne’s exploits not only continue to drive a further wedge between Katherine and Richard but start to unravel the already loose fixtures of Katherine’s fragile mental makeup, turning her into a part-time unsound individual. When she flips the rage switch to the “on” position, it’s better to be viewing her actions from a distance.

However, the question remains, WHY is she getting so upset about her child meeting a new friend and displaying signs of a renewed vital spark? In order to not screw the remainder of this tense thriller, I’ll keep the rest of these shocking details under cover until you check out the film for yourself, but rest assured: The overplus of this story is as distressing as it is saddening. The burden that weighs on the shoulders of the parents is commensurate to the actions that they commit to keep Andy alive so get ready to be knocked on your keester.

Outside of the trepidation that surrounds the viewer, and makes this movie a winner, it’s the performances that dominate the full 104-minute runtime – while Shannon will forever be entrenched in super villain history as the tyrannical Zod in Man of Steel, his efforts in the highly underrated 2014 drama Take Shelter are eerily reminiscent to his role in this film. Here he plays a father who is slowly realizing that his only son is slipping away and sleepwalks through life, be it in a daze of emotion or sullen overload, both of which are demonstrated to perfection. Samantha Morton exudes consternation as a mother who has clearly reached her ideological confines, converting at times from the professional doctor with an atypical bedside manner to a raving and completely illogical personage, thus providing the rivets that hold this movie’s vehemence in check.

When all is done and the credits have rolled, The Harvest is a film that will hold you to your seat and give you a subdued, yet tightly-stretched thriller that will not only entertain but lead you to question the motives of a couple of parents whose best laid plans could be the undoing of many involved.

7 1/2 out of 5

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31



The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3



I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”


We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter



The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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