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Farmhouse (2008)

  Tags: DVD, Farmhouse, Jamie Brown, Kelly Hu, religious, satan, Steven Weber, William Lee Scott

Your rating: None Average: 6 (4 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
5

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Rating #: 
5/10
Director: 
George Bessudo
Runtime: 
95 minutes
Cast: 
Kelly Hu, Steven Weber, William Lee Scott, Jamie Brown


I normally don't bother with straight-to-DVD horror unless it's something that I've been following for a while, but Farmhouse was a movie that was recommended to me by a friend, so I thought I'd take a look. Turns out that this isn't an entirely bad movie, but it isn't very good one either.

The story starts off simple enough about a couple who hopes that an escape from their troubled past will lead them to a new, brighter future. Naturally while on the road their car runs into a little mishap and they're forced to seek refuge at a nearby farmhouse, which is home of a strange and overly generous married couple. They offer a bed for their guests as they're forced to stay overnight, with hopes to visit the closest town the next morning. Of course the married couple have other things in mind, as their guests are woken up in the middle of the night, only to be bound, gagged, and tortured for the rest of their stay.

The first half of the flick is your standard genre effort that we've seen several times before involving a couple looking for help after their vehicle breaks down. As a viewer it's quite obvious that the strange married couple are up to something, so we spend most of the time just waiting for them to snap and reveal their true selves. The story becomes more interesting and the pacing picks up quite a bit in the second half, as the guests attempt to free themselves from the deranged homeowners.

Sadly, the movie begins to fall apart towards the end of the flick, as we're shown a stereotypical twist and given a climax that proves both over-the-top and depressing at the same time. When compared to the rest of the pic, the last 20-minutes just seemed almost completely out of place, but is apparently the only way the writers felt they were able to justify the events of the rest of the film. On the plus side, we're given a great scene involving a cheese grater and a victim's knees, ouch!

An interesting, but failed genre effort that offers some creative ideas, but sadly weren't executed as well as they could've been. We're then given an over-the-top and seemingly out-of-place climax in an attempt to wrap up the story and justify the events that occurred in the movie. Watch at your own risk.

Posted on December 31, 2009 - 11:59am | FrighT MasteR

 

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