Movie Review: Husk -- A Scary Scarecrow Horror Flick
The first thing that attracted me to Husk was the image to the right of a menacing scarecrow looking down from his perch and inviting us to "join the harvest." I noticed the movie was made by After Dark Films which I considered to be a big plus as I have always enjoyed their "8 Films To Die For" series. My interest was piqued enough that I looked up the movie on the Internet Movie Database to see what my fellow horror fans thought of the film. I found mixed reviews but generally people who enjoy old school fright flicks seemed to give it high marks. Since those are the kinds of films I enjoy, I decided to give it a shot and put it in my Netflix queue.
When the film arrived in the mail the other day, I set it aside for later that evening. It turned out to be a perfectly spooky night complete with the rolling thunder and the bright flashes of lightning of a real Texas-sized drencher of a thunderstorm. I could look out my living room window and see the huge field across the road where a crop of corn was about half grown. The lightning flashes had an eery strobe-like effect and it was easy to imagine a solitary figure skulking about under the cloud-laden sky, slowly working its straw-filled legs in my general direction.
I do not want to give away too much of the film, but it is a traditional style horror film that begins with five friends becoming stranded on a desolate road in the midst of cornfields guarded by gruesome-looking scarecrows when a flock of crows cause them to crash into a ditch. When everyone awakens a few minutes later, one of them is missing. After accessing the situation, they find a spot that looks like their missing friend may have gone into the cornfield. Two of the friends decide to go in search of their missing pal while the other two wait with the vehicle -- a pretty traditional start to this traditional film.
As the movie progresses, the friends encounter the killer scarecrows and, well, I don't think it is giving away too much to say those encounters do not go well for them. They find a house in the middle of the corn, but their safety inside the house seems no more assured than outside. The friends soon realize that they are in a fight for survival, but since one of the first to go missing is one of the friend's girlfriend, he bravely refuses to leave without her though another of the friends insists that, while she may be walking around, she is still very much dead. As their numbers dwindle, the remaining survivors bicker about their best options as the daylight fades and darkness creeps into the cornfield.
The two best known stars in the film are probably Tammin Sursok who plays Natalie in Husk and Jenna on the television series Pretty Little Liars and Devon Graye who plays Scott in the film and has portrayed a teenaged Dexter Morgan on the television series Dexter. Rounding out the group of friends is Brian, Natalie's boyfriend who is portrayed by Wes Chatham, Chris played by C.J. Thomason, and Johnny portrayed by Ben Easter. The rest of the cast includes Josh Skipworth, Nick Toussaint, Michael Cornelison, Aaron Harpold and Candice Rose. Everyone does a fine job and though the movie has some gore, there is nothing too over-the-top or extreme.
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