The Fields Movie Review (2011)

If I had to pick a favorite film genre, and this is probably not going to surprise anyone…it has to be the Horror or Thriller genre. I loved to be scared. Safely scared, especially in an auditorium with 300+ strangers who feel just like me. I just can’t seem to get enough of that hair tingling sensation on the back of my neck when I’m torn between looking away from the screen or propping my eyes open with my fingers so I won’t miss a single frame of the scares.

I’d like to give a big thanks to our friends over at the Platform Media Group for sending me a DVD copy of the upcoming thriller, The Fields, directed and produced by Tom Mattera (The 4th Dimension) and David Mazzoni (The 4th Dimension) to review.

The Fields is an American Gothic tale set in the fall of 1973 and based on true events. The story revolves around young Steven (Joshua Ormond) who due to his miserable and quite frankly dangerous home life, for example Steven is woken up in the middle of the night and looks on in horror as his Father (Barry, played by Faust Checho) menacingly points a rifle at the boy’s Mother (Bonnie, played by Tara Reid), and is taken to his Father’s parents for a couple of weeks while Bonnie and Barry try to “work things out”.

His Grandparents, Gladys and Hiney’s (Played with absolute perfection by Cloris Leachman and Bev Appleton) secluded farm at first seems like a welcome and idyllic place for Steven and it is…or so it seems. The one thing that the feisty and foul-mouthed Gladys warns Steven is not to go into the corn field.

During his stay with his Grandparents, Steven is held in thrall by the news reports of the hideous Manson Family killing spree…and finds that he and his family are about to be wrapped up in a nightmarish situation that possibly has a connection with those horrific murders.

I’ll stop with my Spoilers here but beware the trailer below as it certainly dips a toe into SPOILER territory.

[Via] The Fields Official YouTube Channel

I found the movie to be an interesting thriller, digging into true life horror instead of a supernatural presence. The DVD will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray starting on April 24th, with a SRP of $24.99 for the DVD and $29.99 for the Blu-Ray version. The DVD and Blu-Ray special features include a makingof documentary, behind-the-scenes footage, Cloris Leachman outtakes, interviews with the real people involved and clips from the world premiere.


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8 thoughts on “The Fields Movie Review (2011)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Interesting movie.
    It’s true that horror is best taken in on the big screen, in an inescapable setting and surrounded by like-minded folks sittin’ down for a scarin’.

    In the 80s, we watched Italian horror in our local sleaze-pit cinema that played euro-trash marvels once a month, and the outrageous use of celluloid will never be forgotten for being a non-stop 5 hours of mayhem where you can’t walk out without leaving a part of your soul behind.

    That’s the way I saw it it, then, anyway.

    Watching movies is a pact where you have to meet the presentation halfway and commit to giving in for the duration of the spell.

    Home theaters have taken that revelation away, it seems.
    You watch a movie without interruptions and with your full concentration and you receive the full effect of what it has to give you (even if it’s not much).

    I digress.
    But, yeah.
    Movies. woot

  2. Absolutely, Atari Adventure Square! I cannot properly put into words just how much I wish we had a theater in our neck of the woods that would play some of those classic Italian horror!

  3. vinvectrex says:

    Thanks for the heads up on this one, Vic. I’ll definitely check it out – but may have missed it if it weren’t for this introduction.

  4. Scooter says:

    This wasn’t even a “horror” movie – horrible would be a better description. It wasn’t even a psychological thriller – I hope nobody wastes their money on this.

  5. Hollis says:

    What was the point of this movie? What was the point
    of Aunt Mary and her crazy family? What was the point
    of the black dude? And what was the point of Tara Reids
    hidious wig? Ya I was on the edge of my seat the whole
    moviw and thata where stayed. The only reason
    im not completly disappointed was because the grandparents
    were great and the kid was pretty good to.

  6. Leah says:

    This is the crappest film i have ever seen! DO NOT WATCH!! Not scary at all, pointless film!

  7. camille carter says:

    The acting of the old couple & boy were excellent. Howeva, wat was the point? Wat or who was doin all tht crzy crap?!

  8. Ryan says:

    I love this movie. I think the boy who portrays Steven is a wonderful actor who did a fine job. I watch this many times, and it is wonderful.. All of the actors did a great job and it was well done. I recommend this movie for everyone and I believe this will be a very memorable movie… Heads up to the cast and crew!

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