IN THE EARTH – “As trippy as it is terrifying”
Ben Wheatley (Free Fire -2016)
- Joel Fry as Martin Lowery
- Reece Shearsmith as Zach
- Hayley Squires as Olivia Wendle
- Ellora Torchia as Alma
As the world searches for a cure to a devastating virus, a scientist and a park scout venture deep into the woods. As night falls, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness as the forest comes to life around them.
As trippy as it is terrifying, Ben Wheatley’s In The Earth is an immersive horror excursion that’s definitely worth the trip. And what a trip it is, as Wheatley plays with all our senses in this tedious ecological creeper. Yep, the psychedelic flashing lights, strange audio pitches, and disturbing visuals all make for a uniquely disturbing viewing experience (not to mention an impressive technical feat). The movie’s originality is surely its strong suit, as you’ll never quite know what to expect. Things are a little less impressive when it comes to the characterizations, however. Not to say that the actors do a bad job, just that they aren’t as interesting as they should be, nor did I care about their survival as much as I probably should have. The script feels a bit rushed in this respect. What’s that? It was written in just 15 days during the COVID lockdown? Well, that explains it. Speaking of the pandemic, the movie has plenty to say about it. It’s all subtle, of course, but the relationship between man and nature presented to us is plenty thought-provoking. Did it all make sense in the end? Not really. But hey, it was an intoxicating watch – one that will surely make you see the natural world a little differently from now on.