10 October 2011

October 10th

Husk (2011) directed by Brett Simmons
Twenty-somethings crash their car in the middle of nowhere.  The only thing around is a farmhouse in the middle of an enormous cornfield.  Turns out the scarecrows in this field have a habit of killing these kids and turning them into more scarecrows.  It's not a horrible horror movie, but it just didn't grab me for some reason.  I like the idea of the killer scarecrows being unable to exit the cornfield.  It makes for an interesting prison for the kids as they try to figure out how they can possible make it through the huge cornfield without being attacked.  The story explaining this, though, is either underdeveloped or just not the right tale.  In the past, one son of the original owner of the farmhouse kills his brother, dresses him as a scarecrow and hangs him up.  This is apparently enough to have the dead brother return to kill again, but why he wants to do this, I have no idea.  It might've been better to have no explanation at all rather than one that doesn't make too much sense. (6/10)

Fear Itself: "Skin and Bones" (2008) directed by Larry Fessenden
And now I'm in my third year of trying to get through this 13-episode series.  When Grady returns from a hunting trip after being lost for a week in the mountains, he's changed.  He doesn't want to eat any food and his hunting companions are missing.  Guess what?  Yep, he's a cannibal!  Oh, and as the stereotypical wise Indian character tells us, he's also possessed by the Wendigo (the director seems a bit stuck on this supernatural creature).  Hellboy's Doug Jones does a great job as the super-thin, toothy Grady, but I can't recommend much else about this unoriginal tale.

1 comment:

  1. I actually really liked "Skin and Bones," pretty much the only episode in the whole series that was really good. But I'm a pretty blatant Larry Fessenden apologist, so I'm probably partial.

    "Husk" is the only Horrorfest film from this year that I've seen so far. Really really hated it.