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...And pray to God that neither he nor this series ever comes back!
In 1921, a voodoo-practicing witch stuffs a scarecrow with a brain, heart, and possibly other organs. The James brothers and their gang of moonlighters decide to take over the witch's territory and kill her in front of the scarecrow. As we may be able to assume from the back cover and un-dramatic flashbacks throughout the film, the scarecrow then goes on a brutal rampage and butchers the entire gang. The farm then peacefully gets passed down generation to generation within the James clan.
Fast-forward to 1981. A group of friends (who don't at all act like friends) is getting together for their yearly "hangout", a tradition they've maintained since high school (I'm going to assume these people didn't go to college) in order to keep in touch. This year, the "protagonist" Brett James (Clay Brocker) has decided that the group will spend the weekend at the aforementioned farm. And thus the dubiously similar setup to Dark Harvest (I) leads to the action...
Admittedly, the third installment boasts a few improvements over the first two films. Though the shoddy camerawork ranks somewhere between the absolute nadir seen in "The Maize" and that of the original, the "special effects" are grossly improved over the first two. The scarecrow killer is convincing enough as a horror-movie monster, and though certain scenes (such as one in which a victim is being "disemboweled" and she is clearly wearing a cardboard box full of organs that only vaguely look like human viscera under her shirt) are laughably bad, the effects are on the whole believable.Read more ›
There is some nudity in the movie for the sake of nudity. The first nude shot was of a female torso which had no face attached to it and clearly didn't belong to the woman it was supposed to be connected. And the scarecrow that comes to life, is missing half his right arm before he becomes animated, then suddenly has a whole one. What was really sad was that this stinker movie was dedicated to the loving memory of Ben Dixon's (director/writer/producer) father. Of course I really don't know what kind of relationship they had.
If you are familiar with Lionsgate's own version of Project Greenlight (This is where they buy a home movie, put a fancy cover on it and sneak it into the horror section of your local Wal-Mart), you will not be surprised by the complete and utter lack of entertainment value contained within. To make matters worse this is marketed as part of the Dark Harvest series though the film was made years before and has nothing to do with that lame movie. It is as if you bought an unreleased Mighty Ducks sequel and tried to pass it off as a Friday The 13th film.
The line reading (I refuse to call it acting) is uniformly awful. This is a collection of deadbeat dads and strippers pretending to be in a movie between cans of Schlitz. The camera work is of drunken father shooting vacation film quality. In addition, while the special effects are okay; the most freighting moment is the breast augmentation scars in the nude scene.
The story is awful, the sets are from a Haunted Halloween put on by ADHD middle school students and once again the line reading (remember this is not acting anymore than sinking to the bottom of a pool is swimming) is distracting beyond mere words. Avoid at all costs, lest you find yourself ageing faster than your loved ones.
Lord knows you wouldn't want to see even still shots of the film so here is some art.
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It's pretty bad and this is coming from someone who likes bad movies. I'd pass on this one if I was you.Published 12 months ago by Oslo Cole
Original storyline set in an old fashioned way, crappy ending, actors are ok on their characters overall its a junk crappy moviePublished on July 16, 2013 by maryjane agustin
yeah...duh!!! you see i sit here looking up titles for my collection of horror movies .i would prefer that they are great horror movies,good horror at the least. Read morePublished on September 23, 2009 by Troy P. Broadway
As you can plainly see from the other reviewers they all think this is a terrible movie. They were being kind.Published on March 30, 2007 by Robert F. Powers
This third entry in the DARK HARVEST series is absolutely one of the worst movies to come around since PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE. This one's not even campy though. Read morePublished on March 3, 2007 by Michael Butts