October 25, 2020
Welcome back to this series of articles where I will be talking about horror movies and horror movies only. This time I will be talking about the fairly new movie The Farm. Released in 2018, this film was written and directed by Hans Stjernswärd. It stars Nora Yessayan, Ken Volok, and Alec Gaylord. This film received poor ratings with 21% on Rotten Tomatoes and a rating of 3.7/10 on IMDb. It had a budget of around $5 million, although the amount it grossed is unknown at the moment.
The film tells the story of young couple Nora and Alec who stop at a roadside diner after taking a wrong turn on a highway. This unplanned stop turns out to be a bad decision when they are kidnapped and imprisoned on a farm where the hunters have become the hunted.
This film received many critiques from critics as well as audience members. Many believed it was a good idea that was poorly executed and left much to the imagination. The script was thought to be cringe-worthy, and the characters and plot were considered poorly developed. Although the commitment to the gore effects was strong and it had an “interesting plot…” it was “let down by a terribly written script trying too hard to make an idea that is already creepy even creepier” according to Rotten Tomatoes user Lloyd B. It was said to be “random [and] predictable… [with] pointless dialog [that] ruins an original film.”
I have to agree with the other reviewers: the plot left a lot to be desired, and the script was trying a little too hard to be creepy. I give it a 5/10. I did appreciate the gore effects as well as the ending of the movie. I would recommend this to people who like realistic horror movies and though the acting may be subpar, it will leave you feeling uncomfortable and cringing in your seat.