I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the movie Husk (2011 Part of the AfterDark Horror Series) for awhile now. I saw the previews months ago and it looked like a winner. Scary ass Scarecrows? Check. Ghosts? Check. Remote Location? Check. Cornfields? Check (Hey cornfields are scary...did you not see gns?)
Clueless group of 20-somethings? CHECK.
I am HAPPY to report this movie did not disappoint.
Five 20-somethings are heading up to the lake house.
While traveling through (they never say where, but I'm going to guess Ohio.
I drove through Ohio once, all I saw was corn.) Their car's windshield is hit head on by a murder of crows.
YES the collective noun for crows is murder, does life get more awesome? *SPOILER ALERT* No it does not.
The group swerves and crashes on the de of a deserted road, surrounded by corn fields.
Instantly one of their friends is already misng.
The four remaining friends (picture the 3 guys from The Breakfast Club and the Athlete's hot girlfriend) weigh their options. The last gas station was 40 miles back, no one will make it before dark, and they have no flashlights.
The Athlete and the Brain decide to cut through a cornfield in hopes of coming upon a farmhouse with a phone to use.I know what you're thinking.....yawn.
But actually the movie gets pretty intricate and intense.
Not long after the Brain and the Athlete begin their trek through the cornfield, the Athlete's HG sees a boy in the cornfield. Wandering along the edges she finds a scarecrow on the ground.
After lifting it's mask a bit and seeing teeth...she puts together pretty quickly that things aren't off to a great start.She grabs the only Breakfast Club member left, the Criminal, and they head out in search of their friends.
What happens next is unexpected, as the group are attacked, by what appear to be bloody and fast Scarecrows.
The Brain begins to have vions of the family that used to own the farm, and it's macabre history. Quickly they realize the farmhouse is not the refuge they hoped it would be
As everyone gets lost in the maze that is the cornfields, and the mystery that is their attackers, they finally start to realize that one scarecrow is the LEAST of their problems.
Overall a great good old fashioned horror flick.
Despite my having to pause it halfway through and return to finish it later, I was hooked from start to finish.
With a solid plot, good actors, (I personally didn't want any of them to die, rare for me) and a storyline with no holes, I was in horror heaven.
I'd give it 3 out of 5 bloody axes