Husk (2011)

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Movies

The first of this years eight After Dark Originals, Husk follows five friends who, following a mysterious accident involving a ton of dead crows, become stranded out in the middle of nowhere (don’t they always?). Finding shelter in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of a desolate cornfield, the friends soon discover that not everything is what it seems and that the cornfields are not as desolate as they thought.

Starring a group of unknowns, Husk is the latest in what is now a long line of Scarecrow-based fear flicks and much like those movies that proceeded it, the film mixes traditional slasher movie conventions with a more supernatural edge. However unlike the previous Scarecrow movies Husk has a little twist to its victims tales…

Writer/director Brett Simmons makes a bold decision to not explain the protagonists back stories or that of the villains at the outset of Husk, instead offering us flashbacks to previous events to fill in the story – although there really isn’t much viewers need to know beyond the fact the farmhouse is “haunted” and the scarecrows are hungry for blood. It’s a simple and effective story, plus why waste time on character motivations when the characters aren’t going to live long enough to care about.

Husk is a duplicitous movie – on the one hand it follows into every genre cliche, piling on the gore to cover what are sizeable plot holes, but then there’s a great “twist” to the movies villains that sees each victim stitching their own death mask and becoming a killer Scarecrow. On top of that, it turns out the film is a actually lot of fun. Yes it’s ridiculous, yes we’ve seen it all before (and done better) but for somehow the film suckered me in and I had a great time watching it.

I think anyone looking for a little “fright” in their night will enjoy this film. The Nutwork recommends it, and will be closely watching for the next seven of these After Dark releases to bring to you. In fact, the second installment “Scream of the Banshee” will be coming your way shortly. Enjoy.

7.5/10

IMDB: Here | Download (AVI): Here

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