FROM ANY POINT IN BRIARDALE, the bare crest of Button Up Hill looms. Two great sentinel oaks stand to either side of the hill’s grassless forehead, like a pair of disapproving grandmothers watching over their ward of rowdy children. If you climb the hill and peer into the intervening space between the trees, you might notice the subtlest mottling of the air, like waves of heat rising from black asphalt on a summer day. If you wait long enough, for a season, for a year, you might just see the air discolor, thicken and even open like a yawning mouth. That’s where it happened. Here is where Jonathan died. On the wind-struck apex of Button Up Hill.
Once described as ‘Stranger Things meets E.T.’ The Beast on Button Up Hill tells the harrowing story of Greg and Rebecca, two small town kids who have to pick up the pieces after a friend’s mysterious death at the hands of a force they don’t understand.