Saturday, October 19, 2013

Husk (2011)(Minor Spoilers Review)

**This review contains MINOR spoilers, no character deaths, major reveals or plot twists**

During a road trip, five friends run into a big problem after a car accident. Chris (C.J. Thomason), Johnny (Ben Easter), Scott (Devon Graye), Brian (Wes Chatham), and his girlfriend, Natalie (Tammin Sursok) are stuck in a ditch after a flock of crows smashed into the windshield.

Scott and Brian feel a strong sense of relief after discovering a farmhouse buried in the cornfields near the road, but the group is forced into a life or death fight, after they unknowingly spring an evil trap orchestrated by a vengeful spirit and scarecrows…..

No real complaints about the cast here. Nobody is good or bad enough to receive individual mentions, so I’ll jump right into the story.

Husk features an intriguing story for good and bad reasons. The good? I’ll tell you this, every time the light bulb popped on and popped off, I was on the edge of my seat. During the sewing machine scenes with the victims, a light bulb in the upstairs room pops on, if someone is in there sewing themselves into a scarecrow. But when the light goes out, all hell breaks loose. You name it, and it happens during the “lights out” scenes. Murder, struggle, fights, panic, mayhem, everything. It’s like a rush of chaos during the darkness, and it’s almost impossible to look away.

The Bad side? Plot holes. It's a shame, because without the very noticeable and unavoidable plot holes, I wouldn't hesitate to go with a much higher score for Husk.

It’s a tough one, but I’m going with a positive score for Husk. Yeah, the plot holes are annoying, and you’ll see a handful of stupid “Let’s split up!” moments, but during the one hour and twenty-three minutes runtime, I was HOOKED into this film. The end results will disappoint most people, but I couldn’t fight or suppress my anxious feelings. Who’s going to be the next scarecrow? Who’s going to fight back? I had to know everything. It’s like going through a spooky haunted house. The grand finale could disappoint you, but you’ll never forget the ride to the end.

Plus, director Brett Simmons deserves a lot of credit for creating the perfect creepy and eerie atmosphere for Husk, especially during the nighttime scenes in the cornfields. Husk is worth a try, if you’re looking for something different in the horror genre, but don’t raise the bar too high for this one, or you’ll be disappointed.

Rating: 5/10

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