PLOT: Criminals trying to make a getaway with millions of dollars make an unexpected landing in a field supervised by haunted scarecrows.
After yesterday’s Cannibal Holocaust viewing, this was a perfect palate cleanser. It’s a simple story, kind of silly, but thoroughly entertaining low-budget fare. It’s the kind of movie that I love coming across during 31 Days of Horror. It goes down smooth and leaves me with the minimum amount of satisfaction.
The film starts with a group of criminals that have hijacked a plane after heisting millions of dollars from Camp Pendleton. Enroute to Mexico, one of the criminals double-crosses the others, jumping out of the plane with the money, landing in an abandoned graveyard surrounded by creepy scarecrows. As the other criminals land and attempt to recover the money, it becomes abundantly clear that there’s more to these scarecrows that meets the eye.
Like I said, this film is delightfully trashy and a breezy watch. It clocks in under 90 minutes and tells an uncomplicated story. This is the perfect movie for slightly older children, maybe young teens that are already into the horror genre, but maybe not ready for the stronger R-rated films. This is also a good one to put on in the background in mixed company, maybe during a Halloween party that you don’t need to worry too much about content. It’s fun, it’s got fairly decent kills, and doesn’t ask too much of the viewer.
Some pretty good gore in this one. Limbs get lopped off, bodies get hollowed out (off screen, but we see the aftermath) and things like that. Nothing too graphic and not realistic enough to be unsettling, but pretty decent for the budget.
Gore Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Not particularly scary. This one is more fun than terrifying. The scarecrow faces are kind of cool, but won’t keep you up at night.
Scares Rating: 1 out of 5
Sex/Nudity Rating: 0 out of 5
This film is just plain fun. It doesn’t quite reach cult level status and isn’t exactly laugh out loud, but the concept is silly and it doesn’t ask too much from the viewer. It’s fun to see the criminals get some comeuppance and the character design for the scarecrows is cool. I dug it, and maybe it’s because Cannibal Holocaust was so unpleasant, but I had a good time with it.