Wheatley’s new hallucinogenic eco-horror was secretly shot during the pandemic last year in the woods in the UK.
Wheatley described In The Earth last year as a “really gritty, grungy, different thing,” and called the film a “post-COVID” movie. The filmmaker told NME –
“The thing about COVID, to talk about it in a particularly trivial way, is that it destroys everything,”
“It’s the thing that cinema has been warning us about for years – and subsequently makes a lot of those zombie apocalypse or global panic films quite unpalatable now.”
“You can’t pretend it never happened, so this new film is within the context of COVID, but it’s not about it. It’s not like, ‘*cough cough* oh my god!’ – or ‘I’ve been trapped in the house for weeks!’ It’s not one of those films. We’ve all lived that, we don’t want it.”
Here’s the trailer –
The synopsis for In The Earth reads –
“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…”
Wheatley’s other directing credits include films such as Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England, High-Rise, Free Fire, Happy New Year Colin Burstead, and this year’s Rebecca as well.
In The Earth stars Fry along with Reece Shearsmith, Haley Squires, Ellora Torchia, Mark Monero and John Hollingworth.
In The Earth initially premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in January this year. Neon will release the movie in select US theaters starting on April 23rd coming up this spring.