A24 has revealed the trailer for The Humans, which had a rousing world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Humans was written and directed by Stephen Karam, adapted from his own Tony Award-winning play.
Opening in theaters and coming to Showtime on November 24, the movie stars Academy Award nominees Richard Jenkins, Steven Yeun and June Squibb; alongside Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, and Jayne Houdyshell, reprising her Tony Award-winning role.
In The Humans, Erik Blake has gathered three generations of his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the group’s deepest fears are laid bare.
Haunting and piercingly funny, The Humans explores the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.
The movie is a nuanced exploration of the hidden anxieties and fears of an American family and the love that binds them together. Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Karam once again returns to his central Pennsylvania roots, as he did in his acclaimed play Sons of the Prophet, this time shifting his focus from his father’s Lebanese family to his mother’s Irish Catholic clan.
Elements of psychological thriller, domestic drama, horror and black comedy come together as a Thanksgiving dinner veers from festive celebration to family squabble to poignant confessional in a deft exploration of the lurking economic, emotional, and existential fears of an unraveling American Dream.
The tight-knit Blake family, long-time residents of Scranton, Pennsylvania, gathers in New York City to celebrate the holiday in the shabby Chinatown apartment of youngest daughter Brigid (Beanie Feldstein) and her boyfriend Richard (Steven Yeun).
Parents Erik (Richard Jenkins) and Deirdre (Jayne Houdyshell), grandmother Momo (June Squibb), and older daughter Aimee (Amy Schumer) share resentments, commiserate, laugh, and grieve as the evening together unearths uncomfortable, sometimes devastating truths.
As the night wears on, eerie noises haunt the rundown building and the apartment’s lights fail one by one as each of the Blakes lays bare their deepest fears and most humbling secrets.
In a clear-eyed film that refuses to settle comfortably into a single genre, Karam and cinematographer Lol Crawley present the relentless anxiety of the modern age with haunting visuals inspired by classic cinema and fine-art photography – all inside a meticulous recreation of a Manhattan prewar apartment by production designer David Gropman.
A nervy, billowing score by composer Nico Muhly and sound design by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay weave seamlessly together to subtly underscore both the sense of creeping dread and the filmmaker’s humor and compassion in this alternatingly hopeful and heartbreaking story.
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