Starring: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, Cody Davis, Sawyer Jones
Supernatural horror directed by Scott Cooper, and produced by Guillermo del Toro. The story follows a small-town Oregon teacher, Julia Meadows (Keri Russell), and her brother, Paul Meadows (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, who become entwined with a young student, Lucas Weaver (Jeremy T. Thomas), harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.
[to her students]
Julia Meadows: What is storytelling? Storytelling started with our indigenous people. Can anyone give me an example of a myth, or a story they’re afraid of? Lucas.
[reading his story in class]
Lucas Weaver: Once there were three bears that lived in a dark and wet cave above a small town. Every day, little bear went to school, and at night he would come home and eat dinner. But one day, the little bear came home, and big bear and baby bear were different. Big bear got sick and his insides turned black. Big bear has become more angrier and meaner, because they had no food, no meat. But they had each other.
Julia Meadows: What’s going on?
Paul Meadows: We found the part of a man in the woods today.
Julia Meadows: Part of a man?
Paul Meadows: I guess the other half was found in the mine.
Paul Meadows: All this has got to be an animal, right?
Dan Lecroy: No animal that I’ve ever seen.
Julia Meadows: Something is going on with Lucas.
[referring to Lucas’s drawings]
Julia Meadows: These drawings belong to a student of mine.
Warren Stokes: This is what was in the mind. It’s a diabolical spirit.
Paul Meadows: Excuse me, this is a myth.
Warren Stokes: For you, yeah.
[referring to Lucas]
Paul Meadows: He’s not your responsibility.
Julia Meadows: He has no one. He is my responsibility.
Lucas Weaver: He’ll come for me. He needs me.
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