1hr 47mins

When a deadly virus threatens to wipe out human existence (sound familiar?), soil scientist Martin Lowery (Joel Fry) is sent to a government-controlled research facility located within a sprawling forest on the outskirts of Bristol to study the remarkably fertile soil, which holds the key to humanity's survival.

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Ben Wheatley

Guided by the facility’s badass park scout, Alma (Ellora Torchia), Lowery travels through the seemingly innocuous forest to locate fellow scientist and former-lover, Olivia Wendle (Hayleigh Squires) with whom he’s supposed to be working, but soon runs into trouble when the environment, and its inhabitants, show their true nature.

Written and produced during the UK’s COVID-19 lockdowns, this darkly comic folk horror from director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England) capitalises on the globally-shared anxiety of the last two years, delivering a spectacularly apposite narrative that speaks as much to our age-old fears of the unknown as it does to the horrors of our current reality. Punctuated by Clint Mansell’s subtly disquieting and critically acclaimed musical score, In the Earth is a testament to Wheatley’s creative vision, especially so considering the tiny budget with which it was produced.


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