The Fields [Blu-ray]
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During the summer of 1973, 8-year-old Steven (Joshua Ormond) is sent to the Pennsylvania countryside to live with his grandparents while his mother (Tara Reid, American Reunion, The Big Lebowski) and father (Faust Checho) work through their marital troubles. Though his grandmother (Cloris Leachman, Academy Award ® winner, TV s Raising Hope) and grandfather (Bev Appleton) are happy to host him, they warn Steven not to enter the cornfields next to their house.
Haunted by news reports of the Manson murders aftermath, Steven's world intertwines with his grandmother's love of late night horror films and pushes him toward the mystery and darkness of the cornfields that surround their small farm. Eventually Steven enters the fields where he makes a terrible discovery. Then, menacing noises begin haunting the family from outside at night and soon turn to violence. Though Steven s family tries to protect him, whatever's lurking in the fields is about to make their lives a living nightmare.
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So why did "The Fields" leave me feeling so disappointed?
It comes down to the story, which is a memoir of actual events in the life of scriptwriter Harrison Smith. And it just doesn't add up to that much. Don't get me wrong--I don't demand that every movie I see be "The Avengers." I like smaller, quieter movies that focus on relationships and character. But in a story that amounts to a modified version of the "home invasion" horror sub-genre, more must go on than an old couple and a kid being scared and running around. I almost wished the movie didn't have any horror or thriller elements at all since as a slice-of-life drama, it rose above its material.
Think of it this way: Suppose you got on a roller coaster, and the car chugs high up an incline to the top of the tracks--and then you go down at a leisurely pace with maybe a slight twist here and gentle turn there...but the view is amazing. That's the case with "The Fields." Everything about the scenery is well-done, but that is one tame ride.
Having said that: MORE LEACHMAN! Betty White gets all of the old lady parts. No fair--the 86-year-old Leachman can not only match White's comedic talents, but she clearly has superior dramatic chops (White's cameo in Lake Placidwas fun, but she played essentially the same person she always does--whereas Leachman is a revelation in "Fields").
Corn fields - the fields they reference here - are some how creepy; always have been. Add to that filming when the corn is gone, and the six foot carcasses of stalk line up to create their own Halloween-worthy forest scape...one's imagination can roam into a frenzied Fearland at the mere thought of a crow taking flight.
That being said, the story goes...It's 1973, and young Steven's (Joshua Ormond) parents are having a few problems. His overseers are too busy suspecting and accusing to allow focus to fall on the youngin'. So, off to grandma's house he goes.
His father's parents' place. This quirky duo is a long-married tough sonovabitch sort. Gladys (Cloris Leachman) is eccentric and delightfully foul-mouthed, in that way many of us recall our own grand parents using the forbidden words as colorful adjectives. Hiney (Bev Appleton) is the sweet grandfather - he still has his post-deviling sparkle twinkling in those old eyes of his though.
Their humble farm rests against a corn field; the kind that, while off-putting, beckons for perusal. Naturally little Steven is drawn in like any horror tale's main character...especially when he is told he better not go in there or he'll end up, as his loving grandma likes to point out, black and bloated and dead.
Faster than you can say, "Godzilla has attacked Toyk..." the lad sneaks within.
At this point of the film, you are petrified.Read more ›
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Not counting Cloris Leachman, who is hands-down one of the best elements of this film, the film itself isn't bad. In fact, it's kinda good. Read morePublished 10 days ago by MisanthropicGirl
Engaging true story supported by great performances from the entire cast! This is a solid thriller that is also a great coming of age story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jason Mcfiggins
a bit slow pace for me you wait and wait for any action
but most movies of horror etc have spotlight on the female and they live
while the man is always a bad guy,... Read more
I love this movie. I wonder what happened to the kid who played in it because he is a natural. Cloris Leachman is the prize here though. Read morePublished 14 months ago by McGuinnThompsonKaukonenVerlaineCarthyBassanaKaplanPenderStephensandSteveJones