Trailer: ‘Escape the Field’ is Like a Far More Terrifying ‘Hunger Games’

Though there are certainly possible touchstones for the harrowing new thriller Escape the Field – 1997’s David Fincher directed The Game, all of the Hunger Games films – it’s actually reasonable to see it as a metaphor for what we have just recently endured through the long and fatal COVID crisis. Indeed, the storyline begins like this: six complete strangers wake to find they’ve been dropped into a seemingly boundless cornfield, and must figure out how to survive the bizarre situation and eventually get out.

Between them they’ve been given just a gun loaded with one bullet, plus some matches, a lantern, knife, compass, and flask of water – which, in a way, evokes the daunting proposition of going up against an exceedingly deadly virus with nothing more than a few untested vaccines.

The first full trailer has just been released, and it opens with a terrifying shot of Sam (Jordan Claire Robbins) waking up in a small, slightly larger than human-sized clearing in a vast, vast field of cornstalks – and the fear of the impossibility of escape is palpable. Eventually the six “contestants” meet up, and when one of them is violently snatched away, Tahirah Sharif’s character Cameron rightly observes, “Whatever that thing is, it’s coming for us next.”

They ultimately come to realize that they’ve been selected to compete in a psychopathic game which may have deadly consequences for all of them. Their only hope is to discover and decipher clues that might actually lie in the six items they’ve been given. And again, a claustrophobic, abjectly fearful environment with an unseen but sinister enemy…sound familiar?

Escape the Field, directed by Emerson Moore and also starring Shane West, arrives in select theaters (including New York’s Cinema Village and Los Angeles’ Lumiere Cinema) May 6 via Lionsgate, and will be available digitally and on demand the same date.

Photos courtesy of Lionsgate

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