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The Empty Acre (2007)

Jennifer Plas , John Wilson , Patrick Rea  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Plas, John Wilson, Robert Paisley, Ari Bavel, Sally Bremenkamp
  • Directors: Patrick Rea
  • Writers: Patrick Rea
  • Producers: Patrick Rea, Bobby McGee, Ryan Scott Jones, Stephen Deaver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R5NZ2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,829 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Empty Acre" on IMDb

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Beth and Jacob have a normal life, a healthy son, and a farm with a secret: a field where nothing lives. Cattle that stray too near die. Townspeople disappear in the night. And every day the dead acre grows larger. Then one night, Beth and Jacob's infant son is taken from them. What follows is a frantic search for their child.

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5.0 out of 5 stars empty acre September 29, 2012
unlike these other reviewers who seem to have been nutured on graphic bloodshed, this is an effective lowbudget one of a kind horror film it is as much of a psychological as a physical horror a key reference point is the disturbed mother's fascination with alice in wonderland, as the monster takes people literally down the rabbit hole into an imaginary dimension and sucks their life force dry. the ending is truly disturbing. we need more of these brilliant indies and less of these sick torture porn and living dead flicks that inundate the horror field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like a good X-Files episode September 19, 2008
This film reminded me of one of the better, older episodes of the X-Files where the mystery at the center of the story is ambiguous for much of the film. Is the baby crying in the field, or is it coyotes? Did an evil force steal the baby or is the mom hallucinating from the pills she takes? I found the whole thing to be pretty engaging.
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Fangoria gives there dvd of the month pick to The Empty Acre, writer/ director Patrick Rea's feature debut. The story is about an unhappy young married couple Beth and Jacob Nance who live with there 6month old son Michael on a farm somewhere in Kansas.

There is a patch of land on there farm that nothing grows on and Jacob's cattle die on, hence "The Empty Acre". One night there son Michael starts crying upstairs when Jacob goes to check on him he finds his crib empty. Beth and Jacob become more and more hostile and depressing as they try to find answers all the while more and more people start to go missing as it seems they are abducted from blackness that rises from this piece of land that nothing grows on.

I wanted to like this film and have liked others Fangoria has recommended however this one just didn't do it for me. For the first hour the camera goes back and forth back and forth, we see the acre, and darkness, then the acre and a plant will die on it, then the darkness creeps in, then some more of the acre over and over, just became repetitive with really nothing happening. Fangoria said the movie is atmospheric and eerie, empty fields, the dark, and woods in general are eerie and creepy if you were to put a surveillance camera on them for a night.

The cover also says " A Masterwork of suspense that brings back the concept of sinister" - Film threat. I really can't remember being on edge at all. A few nights ago I watched Vacancy and was completely shocked at how good it was, the beginning of that movie while there driving in there car your just waiting for something bad to happen. I don't know exactly what there doing with the camera to make me feel that way but I felt it and here I didn't.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empty Acre Crackles! October 23, 2007
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The Empty Acre is an innovative 5 star film, different from any I've seen. Actors are low key, giving a sense of realism. Great for Halloween!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Empty Scares... October 5, 2007
I know they were trying to make an atmospheric "horror" movie that didn't include the usual blood, guts and gore to scare up thrills, and I'm all for that, but I really couldn't find many redeeming qualities in this stinker. Maybe they should have thrown in a fair amount of gore to get my attention.

This movie should have been interesting, it was plugged by Fangoria as being a slow burning pot-boiler or something like that - but I just couldn't stay awake! I love slow movies - give me Ghost Story, The Dark, or Below anyday - but slow to the point of needing to be shaken awake isn't my idea of good.

The plot seemed like alot to work with - a small family in the midwest farms a plot of land that has a big "empty acre" in the middle of the field. Nothing grows there. Farm animals disappear. People disappear. The couple's baby disappears. Wife meets mysterious stranger. You following me?

Let's just say I was not in the least bit frightened at any point in this film. Matter of fact I was so bored I began to read a magazine.
The lead female character wasn't a bad actress, but she can't work miracles with this material. To me it seemed more like a Lifetime Movie of the (mid)Week than anything else. But if you'd like to sleep soundly for about an hour and a half, feel free.

Try harder next time, guys - please.
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