Film & TV
Ben Wheatley’s ‘In The Earth’ Receives Positive Reviews
Ben Wheatley’s latest psychedelic horror In The Earth has received a largely warm reception from critics.
Inspired by the global experience of the pandemic, the film is a twisted exploration of isolation and nature.
Set within a world struck by a deadly virus, the story unfolds around two people sent to retrieve equipment from the woods.
Critics already believe In The Earth will hold pride of place within Ben Wheatley’s repertoire of psychological horrors, including ‘A Field In England‘, ‘High Rise‘ and ‘Kill List‘.
Despite suggestions that the psychedelic side of the film may have gone too far, the reviews have been largely positive.
“It’s a visceral experience; part survivalist drama, part slash-and-stalk thriller, filled with intensity and dread,” writes Ian Freer for Empire.
“The unease that In the Earth builds is infectious, and its moments of gory brutality, prevailing awe, and kaleidoscopic conclusion make it worth watching” says Roxana Hadadi for Polygon.
James Verniere of the Boston Herald calls the film “both a frightful wonder book and a scary symphony of its own making.”
Nick Schager’s article for The Daily Beast labels In The Earth “the first must-see Covid horror movie.”
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