Yes, yes it's election season now in the 'Great White North,' and more and more coverage is always helpful for you, the public, to get a better idea of which idiot to vote for this time 'round. But this post is not going to be political, it's time to get my first of hopefully many horror reviews online and rolling. I love horror movies. Plain and simple. They're mostly terribly made, the effects are grotesquely 'cheesy' and the acting is worse then any Keanu Reeves movie on the market. But every once in a while, a great horror movie will come along and get your blood pumping. Maybe it scares you, maybe it doesn't, but there is a horror film out there which is bound to get you excited whether you usually like the genre or not (not in a sexual way...well maybe a little). But without further ado, I give you my first review.
Husk is part of the 'After Dark Originals' collection, which I hadn't even heard of until I saw this movie. It's the same guys who have been releasing the annual 'After Dark Horrorfest' series. Now I usually like After Dark's movies so I went into this with high hopes that this movie would pay off. Husk was directed by Brett Simmons, a relatively unknown director who also wrote the script for the movie. It was originally a short film he made a couple years back which basically had the same plot. The plot is a simple one - five friends go on a trip only to wind up stuck in a ditch by the side of a country road. Immediately one of the friends goes missing with little to no worry from all but one of the other characters. They go looking for him in the nearby cornfield where they see a strange house sitting smack down right in the middle of said cornfield. Well soon enough, you guessed it, the scarecrows start coming to life and shit goes down.
Now, a warning, I plan not to but I may accidentally slip out a spoiler or two by accident. If I do I apologize in advance. The film quality is actually above average in terms of horror films. Most of After Dark's films are of high quality and it really does pay off in the long run. Most low budget horror movies, with some exceptions, are filmed with such careless and just straight up bad cinematography that it ruins whatever story or events that are happening on screen. This is not the case, thankfully, for Husk. The film also boasts a cast of actors which, although not well known are pretty good. Obviously you won't be finding any Robert De Niro's in a horror movie which has slipped, for the most part, under the radar. But the actor's aren't dreadfully terrible either.
Now this isn't to say that the film doesn't have its faults either. The 'Jock' character, who seems to have this incredible undying love for his girlfriend, is a bit over the top. Even after his girlfriend is CLEARLY dead, ie. found hanging upside down bleeding profusely from her chest and head, he still continues to try to save her. This is kinda a common occurrence in horror movies with the boyfriend or girlfriend who just can't let go of their sweetheart. But it's still over the top every time and when she eventually kills him as a zombie scarecrow thing (oops spoiler) you almost nod and give a 'serves ya right you stupid idiot.'
But overall, this movie was pretty good. It had its moments of fright and the ghost back story was pretty creative considering i'ts a scarecrow movie. The flashbacks (or psychic mind implantation flashbacks? I don't know what to call them) themselves seemed pretty out of place and strange but the story behind it was interesting. Overall I give it an eight out of ten. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Watch this one if you're bored one day and you get the chance, it's worth the time.
Or, at least that's my 2 cents anyway.