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."
Who stars in Things Heard & Seen?
Along with Norton (he was in 2019's Little Women) and Seyfried, Netflix regular Natalia Dyer is also in the film as she finds roles that don't involve Nancy Wheeler and Stranger Things. Things Heard & Seen also stars National Lampoon legend Karen Allen, F. Murray Abraham from Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Better Call Saul and Veep's Rhea Seehorn, and Jack Gore, who viewers may recognize from The Kids Are Alright.
When is Things Heard & Seen going to be on Netflix?
Things Heard & Seen is scheduled to be released on Netflix on Friday, April 30, 2021.
Is there a trailer for Things Heard & Seen?
Netflix hasn't released an official trailer for the movie yet, but Entertainment Weekly has exclusive photos from the movie.
Who directed the movie?
Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, the movie's writers and directors (who also happen to be married to each other), told EW not to expect a straightforward horror flick.
"I think one of the most frightening things in the world is a marriage," Springer Berman said. "It can be incredibly wonderful, and it can be incredibly frightening and scary, both at the same time."
"I would hope that people could watch a movie and get caught up in the drama and the scares and the relationships, but also come away thinking about some of the bigger questions about karma, about the nature of life and death …" she added. "And also, as a woman, as a female director, I was very interested in the sort of idea of a woman finding her voice, and struggling to find her voice in a marriage and in the world."
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