In the Earth Film
The Earth (styled IN THE ERTH on the poster) is a 2021 scientific fantasy horror film written and directed by him. Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora Torchia, John Hollingworth, and Mark Monero feature in this American-British co-production.
On January 29, 2021, In the Earth had its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and on April 16, 2021, Neon distributed it in the United States.
In the Earth Film Release Date
On January 29, 2021, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and on April 16, 2021, it was distributed in theaters. On May 7, 2021, it was released on video on demand.
In the Earth Film Storyline
Plot Summary & Review
A fatal epidemic has overrun the globe, and scientists are working to find a cure or means to live despite the sickness. Martin Lowery is a scientist assigned to a government-controlled outpost outside of Bristol in an extraordinarily rich woodland area to assist his former colleague and ex-lover Olivia Wendle in her research and trials on exploiting mycorrhiza to boost crop efficiency. He hears of the local legend of Parnag Fegg, a woodland spirit, after passing a physical examination and meeting his park guide Alma. Martin and Alma start their two-day journey toward Olivia’s grave the next morning.
Alma notifies Martin that Olivia hasn’t been heard from in months, and she later discovers a little box where Olivia used to leave notes and research updates, only to find it empty. Martin and Alma arrive at Olivia’s “mycorrhizal mat” the next day, a large area where the forest’s vegetation is linked in a single network by fungal hyphae. Martin notices a strange ring-shaped rash on his arm that night, just before he and Alma are attacked by unknown invaders who raid their camp, smash their equipment, steal their shoes, and take part of their supplies. Martin cuts his foot badly on a jagged stone jutting out of the mud while forced to go barefoot, which Alma tries to cure.
Alma is disturbed as they get closer to the place by the lack of fauna and the impression that they are being watched. Zach, a man who lives in the woods, approaches them and offers to give them some shoes. Zach disinfects and sutures Martin’s wound before taking them to his own campground, where he feeds them and provides them a drink composed of various flower petals. Martin and Alma start to lose consciousness and understand they’ve been sedated, but they can’t get out of it. Zach then wraps their unconscious bodies in white robes and pictures them in various poses with white paper ellipses covering their eyes.
Martin discovers a bizarre sign carved and stitched into his arm as he wakes up. Zach describes it as a mark visible to a presence in the woods who claims to have once been an ancient sorcerer who enshrined his essence in a standing stone someplace in the woods. Zach also accuses Olivia, who turns out to be his ex-wife, of attempting to control the presence, when he believes in honoring it through worship and photographs (which he’s shot using several other victims). Zach informs Martin that the gash on his foot has become infected, and he uses his hatchet to amputate several of his toes after giving them a lesser sedative to keep them awake.
Alma obtains a discarded blade to free herself and Martin before attacking Zach with his photo-developing equipment while Zach takes Martin outdoors to take more shots. Zach manages to shoot Alma with an arrow before chasing Martin with an axe as Martin and Alma flee. Martin and Zach come to uncover some of Olivia’s gear, including tree-mounted loudspeakers and strobing fluorescent lights, which cause both of them to have vivid hallucinations. Martin is discovered and rescued by Olivia after facing the standing stone, while Zach appears to die to his prior injuries. Alma makes her way to Olivia’s camp after surviving her injuries.
Olivia cauterizes Martin’s foot the next morning while explaining her project. She spent several months investigating after her own trials had no results until she came upon a 17th-century book titled “The Hammer of the Witches,” which includes a section about the forest and Parnag Fegg (which translates to sound (Parnagus) and light (Fegg). They use the lights and noises from an electronic soundboard to communicate with the entity inside the stone, with Zach’s help. Zach’s insanity was caused by attempts to employ ceremonies from the book to manipulate mycorrhiza.
Martin accepts the sacrament and waits for it to take effect before drinking it. One of the lights goes out, and Alma is knocked out by Zach as she goes to check on it. In his bewildered state, he approaches Martin, who fights to get away from him. Alma awakens to discover Olivia playing an electronic piano and Zach’s photos adorning the walls, confirming her role in everything. Zach hears their dispute over the sound system and rushes to the scene, where he and Alma fight before Alma stabs him in the eye with a tent peg and kills him. She then returns to the stone, where she prevents Olivia from sacrificing Martin by slicing his throat.
Following that, the three of them are subjected to a series of kaleidoscopic hallucinations involving previous occurrences as well as the stone and the space around it taking the shape of Zach’s images.
Alma and Olivia awaken far from the stone the next morning, having awoken from their trances. Olivia sinks on the ground, filled with awe. Alma then approaches Martin near the stone and offers to escort him out of the woods as he awakens.
In the Earth Film Cast
- Joel Fry as Martin Lowery
- Reece Shearsmith as Zach
- Hayley Squires as Olivia Wendle
- Ellora Torchia as Alma
- John Hollingworth as James
- Mark Monero as Frank
In the Earth Film Wiki
- Directed by Ben Wheatley
- Written by Ben Wheatley
- Produced by Andy Starke
- Cinematography Nick Gillespie
- Edited by Ben Wheatley
- Music by Clint Mansell
- Production companies
- Distributed by
Neon (United States)
Universal Pictures (International)
- Release date
29 January 2021 (Sundance)
16 April 2021 (United States)
17 June 2021 (United Kingdom)
- Running time 107 minutes
- Language English
- Box office $1.1 million