David Slade to Direct Film Adaptation of Norman Partridge’s Dark Harvest

The horror novel is being brought to life by the director behind such films as 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy.

By Chris Morse

Director David Slade has been tapped to helm a film adaptation of Norman Partridge’s 2006 novel, Dark Harvest, according to Deadline. The filmmaker has a lengthy history in the horror genre, most recently directing the pilot episode of a new series called Barkskins as well as an outstanding segment of Mick Garris’ Nightmare Cinema, which we had the pleasure of discussing with him in our exclusive interview.

Slade is also known for directing such films as 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy, as well as the choose-your-own adventure Netflix spinoff, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Needless to say, the filmmaker has been keeping busy and this new adaptation sounds like quite the worthy addition to his slate of genre features.

Dark Harvest is set in 1963 and takes place on Halloween in a small Midwestern town. Every year, October Boy, otherwise known as Ol' Hacksaw Face or Sawtooth Jack, rises from the cornfields with a butcher knife in hand. In a tale of hunt or be hunted, teenage boys eagerly await the opportunity to square off against the mysterious entity in their annual rite of life and death.

In addition to being directed by Slade, the film will see Dungeons & Dragons screenwriter Michael Gilio penning the script, with Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl on board as producers. There’s no word yet on when this film will see a release or who will star in it, but you can bet we’ll have all the latest news and updates for you right here on Dead Entertainment. Stay tuned!


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Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo