“Don’t you think it should cost less to be alive?” Wow, that’s a sentiment you don’t hear every day in movies. Recently premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, celebrated playwright Stephen Karam makes the jump to directorial debut with the horror-comedy, “The Humans.” Based on his own play and written and directed by Karam, “The Humans” has a great cast that features Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, and June Squibb. Set inside a small Manhattan apartment, “The Humans” follows the course of an evening in which the Blake family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving. Of course, things take a darker turn.
“‘The Humans,’ as expected, is dialogue-heavy, and often the most heart-wrenching details can lurk in an expansive sequence of words,” our review from TIFF wrote.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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. The piercingly funny and haunting debut film from writer-director Stephen Karam, adapted from his Tony Award-winning play, The Humans, explores the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.
“The Humans” is set for a dual theatrical release by A24 and a premiere on Showtime on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, right in time for a family Thanksgiving viewing. Watch the first trailer below.