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Things Heard & Seen 2021 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Writers: Shari Springer Berman (screenplay), Elizabeth Brundage (novel)
Stars: Amanda Seyfried, James Norton, Natalia Dyer
Ghosts, murders, and the idyllic Hudson Valley? It’s a long way from the ABBA-tinged Greek isles, but Amanda Seyfried’s new Netflix thriller, Things Heard & Seen, is sure to intrigue just about everyone’s collective fascination with true crime — even though the movie isn’t based on any actual events. Blending a murder mystery with horror, the movie may be the perfect combo of tension and trouble in paradise for anyone looking to escape into a movie that doesn’t involve Seyfried singing (no hate to Les Misérables and Mamma Mia!).
What is Things Heard & Seen about?
The movie is based on the 2016 book All Things Cease to Appear, by Elizabeth Brundage. Seyfried and James Norton star as an artist and her husband who move to the Hudson Valley from Manhattan. Because things are never as perfect as they seem, the house and the relationship reveal cracks in their veneer.
Netflix’s official description goes like this: “An artist relocates to the Hudson Valley and begins to suspect that her marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals her new home’s history.”
Amanda Seyfried stars as our plucky Gothic heroine in Netflix’s first trailer for the upcoming horror film Things Heard & Seen. Based on the bestselling novel All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage, Seyfried tackles a classic horror tale with a noir twist as a woman who uncovers a dangerous and distressing history about her new house.
As teased in this new trailer, Things Heard & Seen follows an artist (Seyfried) who relocates to Hudson Valley with her husband, but both her new home and partner seem to be hiding dark and potentially sinister secrets. (This basically proves that only bad and terrible things occur once you leave NYC.) Seyfried searches through the history of the house to uncover its deepest mysteries, while her husband becomes more difficult and disturbing as her investigation unfolds.
Featuring a classic Gothic storyline and imagery, Things Heard & Seen seems to be more of a psychological thriller than a horror film based on the trailer. The trailer starts off slow, but escalates to an enormous degree, promising bombastic and dramatic scenes and moments. Cinematographer Larry Smith pulls off some cool camera movements and wickedly beautiful shots, without succumbing to the temptation of a muted color palette.
Filmmaking team Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini wrote and directed the film — their first foray into the horror-thriller territory after directing a slew of successful dramas and comedies like American Splendor and The Nanny Diaries. James Norton, who can be seen next in the upcoming HBO series The Nevers, stars as Seyfried’s husband. Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer also has a supporting role, as well as the always amazing Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham and Indiana Jones franchise alum Karen Allen.
Seyfried has tackled similar horror and thriller projects before, including the recent feature You Should Have Left with Kevin Bacon andsci-fi thriller Anon. She is currently nominated for her first Oscar for her lovely and vivacious turn as Marion Davies in David Fincher’s Mank, and is currently attached to play Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout for Hulu. Things Heard & Seen will surely be another great addition to her already eclectic and fascinating career.
Things Heard & Seen arrives on Netflix on April 29. Check out the trailer below.