The horror genre is changing, and it’s no longer only a strangely written narrative of spooks, jump scares, and horrors. Hatching, a Finnish body horror film that premiered at the Sundance International Film Festival in January 2022 and received critical acclaim, is proof of this. Hatching is a caustic satire of internet culture, criticising the huge disparities between actual and virtual life, directed by Hanna Bergholm and written by Ilja Rautsi. Hatching, on the other hand, takes it to its logical conclusion; by the end of the film, the thin fabric of normalcy has been contaminated by blood and gore, making it a must-see for body horror fans. Though horrifying, the monstrosity that emerges from the strange big egg makes you sympathize with it at times The Hatching is ready to hit theatres in the United States, so let’s start with all we know about the body horror film so far and hope it lives up to your expectations.
Hatching 2022 Movie Release Date – When Is Hatching Releasing in the US?
Hatching first premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2022, where it garnered a lot of praise for its original content and practical effects, along with delivering a social message. The film was later released in Finland on March 4, 2022, with the name Pahanhautoja (Evil Graves). Following a moderate success at the Finnish domestic box office, Hatching is coming to the US theaters on April 29 before releasing on VOD on May 17. In preparation for the Finnish film’s release, IFC Films has dropped a new poster that hauntingly teases the film’s story.
The official synopsis of the film states that:
In Hatching, 12-year-old gymnast, Tinja 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. Hatching is a fascinating portrait of the nature of maternal instinct, as Tinja battles to come to terms with the genuine emotional bond with her grotesque and bloodthirsty newfound family while contending with the fraying connection to her own demanding mother. When it comes to the overall spookiness, Hatching reminds you of several notable horror movies from the past, including the avian terror from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, the practical effects as amazing as the cinematic realms of Guillermo del Toro, and the complex psychology of motherhood as in Andy Muschietti’s film Mama, while staying different from all of them. It plays an unnerving symphony that revels in the horrors of girlhood and how young teenagers often crack under the pressure of demanding parents. Young Tinja goes through all that, and her need for a loving maternal figure manifests in her own care for the egg she finds, hoping to fill a void she felt no one else can fill.
Hatching Movie Cast
Jani Volanen as Father
Reino Nordin as Tero
Siiri Solalinna as Tinja/Alli
Saija Lentonen as Coach
Sophia Heikkilä as Mother
Hanna Bergholm directed the film, which Mika Ritalahti, Niko Ritalahti, and Nima Yousefi co-produced. Ilja Rautsi’s screenplay meticulously decorates the board’s pieces before setting them in motion as the protagonists react to great emotional and mental pain. The practical and special effects in Hatching were created by some of the world’s top artists, who gave the film’s malevolent monster and the surroundings an unsettling atmosphere. Gustav Hoegen was hired as the animatronics supervisor, having previously worked on the practical monster effects of multiple Star Wars films. Conor O’Sullivan, Hatching’s SFX makeup artist, was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight.
Watch the Trailer for the Hatching Movie 
Even when everything appears to be normal, the trailer, which was published in January of this year, conveys the eerie feeling of dread straight from the start. The aerial shot of the family house is reminiscent of films like The Conjuring, and it sets the tone for the rest of the film. The camera pans inside the house, revealing a brief moment of family bonding filled with laughter and joy as they record themselves on the couch. However, in the next few seconds, things go from 0 to 100. In true Hitchcockian form, a bird flies in, spooks the small girl, and causes mayhem. The mother rises and kills the bird, implying that the family is more complex than it appears. In the next panel, we see the child being drawn to the adjacent woods, where she discovers a peculiar egg. She begins to care for it, believing it to be the egg of the bird her mother killed earlier, and what emerges from inside it becomes the stuff of nightmares, not just for the family but also for the audience. The background music is “Hush Little Baby, Don’t Say a Word,” which not only adds to the trailer’s creepiness but also alluded to the underlying subject of motherhood, which is important in the plot.