It’s been quite a while since John McNaughton directed a horror movie. (Unless you include Wild Things, which was kind of an on-screen massacre.) 1986's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer was his acclaimed and nuanced profile of the deeply disturbed Henry, who was loosely based on Henry Lee Lucas.
McNaughton’s new project The Harvest sounds very promising and Variety reports an impressive lineup of actors has already signed onto the project. Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, and Natasha Calis will star in this story of “a married couple with medical backgrounds and a sick son who lives secluded in a controlled environment until a young girl (Calis) moves in next door and gives him hope of a better life. As the teens grow closer, the tight-knit world his over-protective mother has created begins to unravel.”
McNaughton shared a few more details about his new project. “This is the first horror script I've been interested in in 25 years, so it's kind of cool to return to the genre. I got the script a few years ago and loved the story, which is dark and has a great twist. It's like a cross between 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," he said.