Literature nerds and Henry James fans rejoice, for we are getting a new adaptation of his horror novella The Turn of the Screw. Coming in 2020 and directed by Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways), The Turning is the 21st-century version of the Victorian gothic tale and boats a great cast and some disturbing visuals.
Here is the official plot synopsis from Universal Pictures:
For more than 100 years, a deeply haunting tale has been passed down to terrify audiences. Next January, DreamWorks Pictures’ The Turning takes us to a mysterious estate in the Maine countryside, where newly appointed nanny Kate (Mackenzie Davis, Tully) is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans, Flora (Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project) and Miles (Finn Wolfhard, Stranger Things). Quickly though, she discovers that both the children and the house are harboring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear.
Davis, Prince, and Wolfhard seem like the perfect trio for such a film, one that I never would have expected but am excited to see on screen. Prince, known for her superb performance in Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, is pivoting from an adorable troublemaker to a creepy child who is haunted by who knows what. Then there’s Wolfhard, who is often the wisecracking nerd of pieces of nostalgia horror. Now, he’s a terrifying teen who doesn’t seem to have a sprinkle of empathy in his bones. Prince and Wolfhard seem to be pivoting rather dramatically for The Turning, which is an exciting prospect.
The Turning’s trailer is shocking and pulls the punches, from a giant spider coming out of someone’s house and creepy hand crawling all over Davis’ body. Hopefully the trailer hasn’t given away all of the film’s best scares as seems to the marketing trend as of late.
Joely Richardson (Red Sparrow, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will also star in The Turning.
The Turning hits theaters on January 24. Are you excited for the new adaptation? Have you read the novella? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!