The Fields [Blu-ray]
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The Making of The Fields
World Premiere with Cloris
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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").
Much of the tone of the film is one of tension: hearing voices in the cornfield, hearing and seeing people outside of the house at night, ominous shots of the cornfield, the mystery man, and the suspicious nature of the hippie strangers.
If for anything, the performance of Mel Brooks' seasoned muse Cloris Leachman is a great reason to watch the film. She brings life to her character through curmudgeonly crassness, deadpan sarcasm, and her signature dry wit.
I say give it a go for the good price here if you haven't seen it yet and could catch it for free on the internet first and like it. If not for free, there's a site called Cloudload where you can download 10 gigs of films and shows for $5 a month. They offer more gigabytes for more money.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Production values, acting, locations were good. Just wish there was a story to go along with whatever they were using as a script. I don't mind slow movies, in fact I enjoy them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brad
This is an excellent movie. Somehow despite the fact that I live about 5 miles from Easton where the story is set and where part of the movie was shot, I never knew this movie... Read morePublished 4 months ago by d_presto
Received a blank disc put it in my brand new Blu ray player and nothing plays thank youPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 10 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