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Something truly freaky is “HATCHING” in the new IFC Midnight trailer

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The Sundance Film Festival selection will see general release in April.

One of 2022’s most intriguing horror projects, HATCHING is the directorial debut of Finnish filmmaker Hanna Bergholm, working from a screenplay by Ilja Rautsi. Combining coming-of-age and body-horror themes, it stars Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkilä, Jani Volanen, Reino Nordin and Oiva Ollila; following its Sundance berth, it will arrive in select theaters and on VOD April 29 from IFC Midnight. The synopsis: “12-year-old gymnast Tinja [Solalinna] is desperate to please her image-obsessed mother, whose popular blog ‘Lovely Everyday Life’ presents their family’s idyllic existence as manicured suburban perfection. One day, after finding a wounded bird in the woods, Tinja brings its strange egg home, nestles it in her bed, and nurtures it until it hatches. The creature that emerges becomes her closest friend and a living nightmare, plunging Tinja beneath the impeccable veneer into a twisted reality that her mother refuses to see.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.