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ONE OF THE BETTER A.D.O. FLICKS

  • Apr 26, 2013
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HUSK

This film was released as part of the After Dark Originals series and in my opinion is one of the better ones. I own and have seen all of them thus far and rank this one among the top. I have always liked these scarecrow horror movies, even the really bad ones [Dark Harvest 2, here's looking at you]. This one though is actually good and enjoyable although there are some flaws. Still it is a recommendable movie especially since it has a Twilight Zone like feel, which makes sense since it was once a short film.

Five friends are taking a trip one weekend traveling through Nebraska, four guys and one girl. Everything is fine until crazy crows attack the car and force them off of the road. Naturally they land next to a crazy cornfield with a spooky house in the middle of it. So being that they are young and stupid they make the choice to go to the house to get help instead of staying on the road. So has they make their way one by one after others don't return they realize something may be out there with them.

I am not sure exactly where I would rank this among other scarecrow movies but it would be towards the top. It would also be among the top in the After Dark Originals, I need to finish rewatching them to actually put them in an order. Anyway I liked the way they played this flick out as it built up enough tension. The scarecrow costume looked very cool especially for a low budget film, and they make for good horror movie villains. The actors were good here although the characters were not developed enough, well at least some. But this is a horror film and you do need bodies but over all they did a good job.

Writer/director Brett Simmons did a good job with this film and turning it into a feature film. During the commentary you learn that this was a short film at first and he used that to get funding for the feature length version. It makes sense that it was a short as I mentioned earlier because it felt at times like an anthology show film like Twilight Zone or something. Also at times it felt like a TV movie but that doesn't take away much from it. It is still creepy enough to hold up plus the scarecrows look cool.

Now I am still not sure how I feel about the back-story here and why the scarecrows do what they do. At times it is cool but then at others it kinda takes away from it. I would have preferred that it was just a straight scarecrow flick with no explanation of why they are alive. But I think the ending made up for everything since I thought it was cool and creepy. Also I like the kills in this movie and "Jaws" like feeling of the cornfield. What I mean by that is much like the shark in the water the scarecrows seem to lurk just outside of reach. When you watch this you will see what I mean, I don't want to give it away.

This was a good movie that I would recommend to any horror fan out there. The DVD comes with a good behind the scenes making of but it is the commentary that I highly recommend. It features Writer/Director Brett Simmons and the main actors giving some good insight into this flick. If you are wanting to see this After Dark series then this should be high on your list.

ONE OF THE BETTER A.D.O. FLICKS ONE OF THE BETTER A.D.O. FLICKS ONE OF THE BETTER A.D.O. FLICKS ONE OF THE BETTER A.D.O. FLICKS

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April 30, 2013
I saw this in my streaming rec-queve. Good to know that it wasn't bad...
April 30, 2013
It was pretty good man, especially the DVD with the commentary.
 
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Quick Tip by . April 26, 2013
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This was a good movie that I would recommend to any horror fan out there. The DVD comes with a good behind the scenes making of but it is the commentary that I highly recommend. It features Writer/Director Brett Simmons and the main actors giving some good insight into this flick. If you are wanting to see this After Dark series then this should be high on your list.
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