Michael Shannon takes his talents to the horror genre in the first trailer for IFC Midnight’s The Harvest, which we’re pleased to exclusively debut today. Directed by John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), the story revolves around a young girl (Natasha Calis) who befriends her new next-door neighbor, a bed-ridden boy with a serious illness. As she starts spending more time with him, though, she discovers that the boy’s parents are harboring some sinister secrets. Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton play the parents, and in this debut trailer you’ll see they’re putting forth a pair of terrifying performances.
Check out our exclusive debut of the first The Harvest trailer below. The film opens in select theaters and on VOD on April 10th.
Here’s the synopsis for The Harvest:
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.