By Amanda Gilmore
Struggling farmer George (Marc Blucas) sells part of his property to the gas and oil industry to save his family. What he doesn’t realize is that the fracking is going to unleash an invisible terror from below.
Directors John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies along with co-writer Kelsey Goldberg mix genre horror with real-world terror in Unearth. The first half of the Film plays out as a Drama about fracking. The current hardships rural independent farmers are experiencing in real life are exposed through the two families within the narrative. In the Second Act, we switch into Horror territory which exposes the reality of the impending environmental crisis caused by the fracking industry. The expert direction exhibits the impending harm through images of ingesting contaminated dust and water. Then shifts into the invisible harm that’s been awakened below and penetrates the families without their knowledge. Unearth is one of the most original Horror films and is meticulously-written, directed. It’s also impressively acted by a stellar cast consisting of Blucas, Adrienne Barbeau, Allison McAtee and more.
Unearth screens live online at Fantasia Fest on Tue. Aug. 25 at 9 PM and Sun. Aug. 30 at 3 PM.