MGM Planting A ‘Dark Harvest’ For Theaters Next Year

A Bram Stoker Award-winning novel is coming to the Silver Screen from MGM, but horror fans will have to wait until next year for this taste of terror.

Dark Harvest–based on the 2006 book of the same name by Norman Partridge–is a Halloween-themed feature, as reported by Deadline, that will start shooting in August for an expected theatrical release Sept. 9, 2022.

The film–directed by David Slade (Hard Candy30 Days of Night) from a screenplay by Michael Gilio (The Raven)–stars Casey Likes (The Birch) and E’myri Crutchfield (Fargo). Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl are producing through Matt Tolmach Productions (Venom).

The novel–set during Halloween in 1963–deals with a mysterious figure known as October Boy or Sawtooth Jack who appears in a cornfield with a butcher knife every Halloween to wreak havoc in the nearby town.

The film looks to pretty much follow that theme. The official synopsis has “a supernatural specter” rising from the cornfields and making its way to the nearby town’s church, where “violent gangs of teenage boys hungrily await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare in an annual harvest rite of life and death.”

In the movie, Richie Shepard, who lives in the shadow of his big brother, pairs up with Kelly Haines, a restless dreamer who wants to escape the dead-end town. “Against the rules and the odds, Richie and Kelly decide to hunt down the nightmare to win the Run and their freedom.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on Dark Harvest.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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