“In the Earth” is a film meant to be seen around midnight. It’s dark, nasty, pretentious, and frequently moving. Despite the fact that several scenes are rushed and the ending comes apart, every aspect of it is memorable. This is a low-budget thriller with the swagger of a larger production, set largely in dismal fairy-tale woodlands where representatives of science are tormented by forces both human and otherworldly. Ben Wheatley, the writer/director, blends science fiction, horror, and the supernatural, with references to cinematic classics such as Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Shining.” However, the unifying source looks to be a dirty, disgusting 1970s horror movie.
The mission quickly devolves into a disaster. Soon after arriving in the woods, Alma and Martin are brutalized and knocked unconscious, with Martin sustaining a foot wound that will worsen and become more unpleasant as the story progresses. The film is mostly a hostage story, with the two slipping into the grips of a scary loner named Zach (Reece Shearsmith), who brutalizes them with the flair of Leatherface’s family or Jigsaw from the “Saw” flicks. Following a long, almost Kurtz-like buildup, the film introduces Olivia into the plot, and she proves to be just as frightening as Zach. Squires’ disconcerting line delivery and facial expressions (she’s both droll and frightening) reveal that she’s a dangerous character. IMDB