Director – David Benullo
Cast – Jaimie Alexander, Brian McNamara, Ethan Phillips, Chloe Moretz, Ned Vaughn, Jim Cody Williams, Tamara Clatterbuck, Nick Chinlund
Release Year – 2007
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Here is a flick I was very surprised I enjoyed because I constantly heard that this was a “sci-fi channel film”. Well, I doubt the version I saw was the sci-fi channel version(there was way too much cussing for national television), but I sure enjoyed this scarecrow-ish flick! For one, I love scarecrow movies, so I am naturally inclined to enjoy this, but honestly…this film really is surprisingly fun to watch!
This film is about a young woman who is traveling across the country and winds up stranded in a small town due to car troubles. Repairs are going to take a day to fix so she makes arrangements to stay the night, Now little does she know, she was prophesized to come to this town a century ago by a crazy fanatic preacher who’s spirit intends to use her as part of a deeply religious ritual! The preacher’s spirit must use her to bear him a child in order for him to be brought back into true human form. Now, this seems a lot like these other “prophecy/religious” genre horror films such as “The Whicker Man” and “Population 436”, so this is not exactly an original plot other than it has to do with scarecrows.
As I mentioned earlier, I really liked this film because of it’s use of killer scarecrows. For some reason…those flicks just appeal to me. This film also had some pretty decent gore, as well as a fun atmosphere to “put yourself into” while watching the film.
If there is anything I didn’t like…the acting could have been better. This is naturally a somewhat low budget direct-to-video film so naturally there will be no established, A-list actors in this film. However the acting is bearable and you should also see the “twist” coming that I saw before you even get halfway through the film. If you don’t, its ok…I wont laugh at you.
Overall, this is a fun film to watch when you want something a little bit different when it comes to the prophecy/religion genre of horror.