TV Movie: “Husk”

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/9c1/68294143/files/2014/12/img_0399.jpgSome horror films you go into knowing that they’re not going to be scary or anything all that original, but you see them anyway. In those cases, it really depends on the content of the film that has you wanting to experience a film you’d probably be better off not watching at all.

The After Dark Films movie “Husk”, is horror movie that’s more fun than scary, but still manages to achieve a high level of creepy and give you something new to be afraid of, or to continue to be afraid of.

This horror film stars Devon Graye (“Last Weekend”, “13 Sins”), Wes Chatham (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I”, “The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)”), CJ Thomason (“The Monkey’s Paw”, “Aftermath”), Tammin Sursok (“Cam2Cam”, “Pretty Little Liars”), Ben Easter (“Returning (SShort 2012)”, “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer”), Josh Skipworth, Nick Toussaint (“Jannie Jones”) and Michael Cornelison (“Collapse”, “Ticket Out”).

The film was written and directed by Brett Simmons (“Animal”, “Husk”).

The film premiered on TV on Feb. 5, 2011 and a very limited theatrical run on Jan. 28.

Normally, for a film like this, the word “indie” would come to mind. Here, however, you just have another creature feature. But, come on, who doesn’t love one of those?! If you said you didn’t, then I’m at a loss for words. They’re heaps of fun, usually, even if they suck big time. Like on SyFy channel suck.

The practical designs for the scarecrows were just the right amount of creepy, gross, and somewhat realistic. The nails through the left hand fingers was pretty neat and gross. Throw in the creepy looking house and all the corn (another reason to hate corn) and you’ve got yourself an easy escape into a frightening world! For me, this is all that was needed to sell me on why I should watch, and ultimately love seeing, this film. I know I’m not going to be scared by the overall film, but because of how disturbing the scarecrows look, I can at least be a little on edge. I think it just goes to how much I love these types of films, and will watch so long as the creature effects look awesome!

The score for this film I was throughly surprised by. With these types of films I usually dismiss the score, as it’s in a low budget film and is usually nothing more than background noise. If I do notice it, it’s just because there’s nothing else happening in the film itself. This one actually sounded, more or less, professional. It sounded like there were actually a lot of instruments used, which made for more than just jump scares to occur. The score didn’t really become useful until after a jump scare by continuing on afterwards. It was heavily featured when there were sequences focusing on amping up the thriller elements. Will these characters get from one place to another alive? Will they find their friend in time to save them? While this certainly doesn’t lend itself well overall, it’s welcome relief to just having something that’s meant to be dark and frightening and provide jumpy moments.

Nothing was interesting about the acting or characters, but at least I wasn’t forced to watch horrible acting, which usually accompanies a film like this. This was fine, as the bulk of what happened was all reactionary and involved the usual running around, screaming, and bad decision making from characters that were instructed to go through with cliché actions. It did, however, help sell the feelings of dread and being afraid for ones life that was crucial to making this film work. Without those things, I’m sure I would’ve been laughing my head off.

Since I love just about everything in this film, it’s hard to find something to dislike. I’ve managed to though. There’s a small bit of story that doesn’t make sense, granted it doesn’t need to. But, even in this type of film, where explanations don’t need to make sense or lack of explanations is okay, it’s still a little puzzling. Graye’s character, somehow, has the ability to have flashbacks or visions. These aren’t explained ever. Not to my satisfaction at least, or somehow, I did manage to miss this. It may have something to do with the ravens (or is it crows?) that pop up throughout the film, but I don’t know. Either way, I’m baffled by this lack of reasoning.

While this film may not offer up anything truly scary, it at least adds one more thing to bee afraid of that doesn’t involve “He Who Walks Behind the Rows” or Isaac. For a creature feature, with little character development, it does what it’s supposed to. Provide gruesome fun using an every day item, which under normal circumstances, wouldn’t trouble anyone.

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