Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Fields (2011)

I had hoped to continue my string of serial killer based horror with something a bit different. As a horror fan, that is the great thing that we get to experience, there are so many sub-genre’s that we can watch similar themed flicks that are totally different. When I saw that this next flick mentioned Charles Manson, I had to watch it. The Manson story has so many layers and is always a great source of information. Unfortunately, I fell to the box art demon and the flick, The Fields, was not the flick I expected, but…

Plot/ Tells the story of a young boy and his family who are terrorized by an unseen presence.

More of a thriller / drama than horror flick, this one does have a heavy atmosphere and a sense of foreboding that lasts throughout. Loosely based on true events, and memories writer Harrison Smith about the days of Charles Manson, his family, the murders and the media circus that followed as viewed from afar in rural Pennsylvania. This film is an interesting story driven, character study, with a lot of dialogue, mystery and creepiness. Unfortunately, it is not the horror film that the box art would indicate and that will definitely turn off some horror fans. In the end, it is a good film with solid acting, a layered storyline and some solid atmosphere. Yes, it is slow at times, but for a drama, it fits the bill. If you like character driven drama with some atmosphere, check it out.

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