This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the film being covered here wouldn’t exist.
Dark Harvest, the upcoming film directed by David Slade (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Hannibal, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) that’s based on the eponymous book by Norman Partridge, is set to scare its way onto a small screen near you this October, and we’ve got a trailer to prove it.
The trailer gives us glimpses of Sawtooth Jack, the apparently supernatural entity that comes around every year and wreaks havoc until someone in town kills him. Things, however, might not be exactly as they seem, as the film’s synopsis suggests:
In a cursed town, the annual harvest becomes a brutal battle for survival. On Halloween 1963, Sawtooth Jack, a terrifying legend, rises from the cornfields, threatening the town’s children. Groups of boys unite to defeat the murderous scarecrow before midnight. Richie, a rebellious outcast, joins the run, motivated by his brother’s previous victory. As the hunt progresses, Richie makes a shocking discovery and faces a pivotal choice to break the relentless cycle.
Dark Harvest stars Casey Likes, E’myri Crutchfield, Dustin Ceithamer, Elizabeth Reaser, and Jeremy Davies. The screenplay adaptation comes from Michael Gilio.
While the film was originally on MGM’s slate to come out in theaters in September 2021, it was pulled at first due to the pandemic and set to come out in theaters in September 2022. MGM then pulled the movie from its theatrical schedule, however, and it will only be screened for one night, October 11, 2023, at Alamo Draft House Theaters before it becomes available for rent or purchase on digital on October 13, 2023. Read into that what you will, and here’s a poster to keep you entertained in the meantime.