The Films That Influenced Ben Wheatley’s ‘In the Earth’

In the English summer of 2020, during a brief lull in the coronavirus pandemic, Ben Wheatley and crew set off into the woods to film the psychedelic thriller, In the Earth. In the film, Dr. Martin Lowery (Joel Fry) and park ranger Alma (Ellora Torchia) hike deep into an arboreal forest to reach the ATU327A research hub. After a night-time attack, the forest comes to life around them. Hayley Squires and Reece Shearsmith also feature.

These are the movies that were on Wheatley’s mind as he wrote, directed and edited In the Earth. (His regular collaborator, Amy Jump, was working on other projects.) The film is in US theaters from April 16, 2021.

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Quatermass and the Pit
  • Quatermass
  • Doomwatch
  • The Stone Tape
  • Children of the Stones
  • The Owl Service
  • Freeway
  • Stalker
  • Solaris
  • The Beyond
  • Phase IV
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Creeping Garden
  • No Blade of Grass
  • It Came from Beneath the Sea
  • Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
  • Gamera, the Giant Monster
  • Shin Godzilla
  • Tetsuo II: Body Hammer
  • Towers Open Fire
  • Zombie Flesh Eaters
  • Contamination
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind