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on 8 June 2017
It's not great. Certainly not the worst thing I've seen, but far from the best.

It's not unbearable though, so it's decent enough if you're bored one night
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on 20 September 2013
5 college kids ( 4 males, 1 female) are on their way to the lake for a little R&R. They are traveling on some back road through corn country when suddenly a group of crows opt to sign a suicide pact and crash into the windshield of the vehicle. In a situation such as that, the only logical choice is to drive your vehicle off the road into a ditch.

When the driver comes to, the passenger who was riding shotgun is gone. There is no phone reception. They do see a sign on the ground with Gen. 4:11 on it. This is a reference to the cursed ground caused by the spilling of Abel's blood. The writers failed to capitalize on the scripture by producing an earth tremor after each death or by having a phonograph which plays old sermons and starts by itself.

The cornfield is not planted in rows for easy access, but rather in a haphazard arrangement so college kids, who have no sense of direction, can easily get lost walking in a straight line.

There are a few things going on. The driver of the vehicle pulls out a knife and further disables it. The chess club guy has past visions of two brothers. There is a farm house surround by corn, where they think they can find safety and call for help. Guess how that works out.

No sex. No nudity. Blood, no real gore. Just scarecrows going bad. Good low budget horror.
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on 15 January 2012
After Dark- you hear the film studio name and you instantly become wary since the movies are often bordering between terrible and amusing. 'Husk' defied my expectations and is actually amusing if you put your mind in neutral and go for the ride.

Since other reviewers have generously supplied info regarding the plot I'll pass it by and say what I thought of the film.

It typically starts with a predictable opening to arc into the overall storyline however past this it becomes enjoyable. Aside from one actor I know from Harper's Island, the rest are relatively new to me and did a decent job. Nothing Oscar worthy but enjoyable without going OTT.

For me the best thing regarding the film is the story. Whilst it has elements of Jeepers Creepers, it still deviates enough into its own area so some surprises do creep up on you.

The lighting is confined to shadows and pale light to intensify the eerieness and fair play it works. Husk's location is the perfect spot utilizing the cornfield and isolated surroundings. Add a delapidated house with a spooky interior and bingo! Everything comes full circle.

The only problem with Husk is the ending which spoils an otherwise amusing premise. So cliche and predictable it leaves a disappointing taste in the mouth. Other than that Husk is fun. Not life changing or visionary but a fun popcorn style of film to enjoy, especially with friends.

Usually I'd say skip yet in this instant I say take a gamble. Husk is cheesy but worth seeing. A surprising lil hit from a movie company that usually fails to deliver. Recommended.
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on 29 June 2015
Pretty poor!
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on 13 July 2012
In horror movies, there are certain things that are just inherently frightening. Clowns. Puppets. Demonic children... and what we have here, Scarecrows. Sack-faced killers with various sharp farming implements are scary... FACT. Loaded with man-flu and with the missus out for the night, I was left to entertain myself and discovered 2011's Husk on my TV movies on demand service.

The synopsis offered for this film seemed quite formulaic but I would suggest to you that Husk is a little gem of a movie. It has been criticised for being simply another shoddy stabby scarecrow movie but I enjoyed this. The plot was in place (albeit fairly obvious), the characters were par for the course for a movie of this nature and the special effects were excellent; especially when factoring in the movie's reported sub $10,000 budget. The acting wasn't superb but didn't have to be; the film's storyline carries the actors along nicely. Importantly, the frights were most definitely there.

There are some genuinely creepy moments among the cornfields and Director Brett Simmons builds suspense and tension at the appropriate moments. The blood, gore and violence employed warrants an 18 rating in the UK, a veritable breath of fresh air when you consider the glut of horror movies that tone down the gore factor in order to achieve a lower certification and garner further revenue from potential sales and cinema attendance.

Comparisons with the likes of Dark Night of The Scarecrow, Jeepers Creepers, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Children of the Corn are obvious but this is a horror movie and certain archetypes are pervasive throughout the genre and I am of the opinion that Husk is a competent and enjoyable movie in its own right.
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VINE VOICEon 5 October 2015
Night of the Living Dead meets the Children of the Corn; why is con so scary, its yield is nutricious and health giving yet when filmed in an ultra close claustrophobic way as here, it is more terrifying than a haunted house, abandoned space craft or ghost train ride at a funfair.

This film though probably low on production costs is way better than many big budget attempts to scare the pants off us.
The film starts fairly predictably, a bunch of adolescent breeders out looking for a good time but veers off into something really creepy very very soon. It is basically a "no one is spared" nihilistic number i.e. "you are better off dead" but the sequences in the corn field are so superbly filmed and photographed that you become aware that you are in the hands of somebody who knows exactly how to manipulate an audience; somebody who has grown up in the demographic he is aiming at.

Thrills all the way. Ignore negative comments here and do yourself a favour and watch it with a pizza, sixpack and a bunch of friends
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on 1 May 2012
This is the perfect night in horror flick with all the right levels of scares, blood and badass scarecrows!! It has a semi original story which plays out pretty well over the course of the film, the cast is ok, its a good popcorn lots of jumps and scares film thats worth checking out if you love horror!! Theres nothing in the way of extras though but trailers for some other great films in the same series like prowl and Re-kill.
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on 25 May 2013
Hey it was pretty darn good! Had me relishing the gore, plot wasnt bad, usual plot twists, in essence it kept me glued to the screen!
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on 8 November 2014
I did enjoy this Creepy Scarecrow Flick but I do have to say that in as much as it was Expertly directed,with Good acting and tons of gore.It did lose its way a little toward the end.Story threads would lead you One way and then fizzle out just when You thought they were going somewhere.A good example of this is when toward the end One Character figures out a way to destroy these Killer Corn Dudes,but then,is himself killed before being able to either use this info to His advantage or tell anyone else.The ending also leaves you a little short changed.Still though,A sturdy,Creepy old fashioned Horror with Tons of Atmosphere.
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on 3 August 2015
The mere thought of a movie from production and distribution company After Dark Films conjures up less than appealing thoughts of low budget unoriginal direct to video claptrap with bad acting and even worse CGI effects. These are usually movies that you would catch half blotto late at night on one of the many sci-fi/horror channels and forgotten about by the next morning. Well despite a cheapo free to view channel being the first place I encountered Husk, this killer scarecrow themed shocker is a solid and creepily effective little movie that surprisingly doesent fall in line with any of the conventions outlined above. There are still plenty of horror clichés at work here but thanks to an interesting premise this is as good as if not better than a slew of other bigger budgeted modern horror films of recent times.

Synopsis:
The set up is simple and at first glance predictable with a group of five friends, four guys and one gal on route to a cabin by a lake. But in an interesting twist the horror that befalls the five occurs on the journey there and not by a masked assailant or knife wielding maniac at their cosy lakeside haven. Whilst traveling through the cornfield lined roads of Iowa a murder of crows flies into their windshield causing the car to career off the road. After coming to dazed, confused but uninjured they realise one of their party is missing and that they are miles from anywhere with a wreaked car and nighttime looming. A quick reconioter of the area reveals that the only human habitation is a seemingly deserted farmhouse set deep in the cornfield. The four unwisely decide to make for the ramshackle building through the dense towering corn plantation which is also home to some incredibly creeping looking scarecrows as well as other vehicles that befell the same fate as their own. After another of the friends is dragged into the corn by an unseen assailant a light in the upstairs window of the the house offers a glimmer of hope and maybe sanctuary. But this optimism is soon dashed when the three remaining characters realise there is a strong supernatural force in and around the tumble down building thwarting their escape that will stop at nothing until they are all dead.
Despite the initial foundation of Husk being far from what you would conceive as original this ticks enough boxes to remain entertaining and engaging throughout its relatively short duration. I have always had a penchant for rural set set horror flicks and Husk incorporates many of the attributes that have made this sub genre so successful. This may not have the raw energy of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or the unnerving qualities of say the original Children of the Corn and all things considered Husk isn't the best killer scarecrow flick either as that undoubtedly is the wonderful TV movie Dark Night Of The Scarecrow. But compared to other entries in this genre Husk fairs very well with a wonderful sense of isolation and claustrophobia. Any genre fan familar with William Wesley's 1988 gung-ho low budgeter 'Scarecrows' will immediately see many similarities in Husk to the point where I thought (and have since been corrected)that this was a quasi remake. Performance wise the cast are all game and convincing enough despite a shallow script and next to no characterisation and the movie remains eerie and creepy with some haunting imagery, well done non CGI gore and a handful of solid jump shocks.
Husk is occasionally prone to padding to fill out its short runtime with a ridiculous revelation that one of the cast members is psychic despite never having been so before just for an easy way out to explain the origins of the killer scarecrows via the use of flashbacks. Aspects such as this don't completely derail the picture but do put it firmly back in DTV territory which the filmmakers seemed to want to avoid up until this point. Another slight criticism would be the overall seriousness of the film where a little more lightheartedness would have been most welcome but in the end Husk is feels fresh, interesting and relatively exciting which in the world of cheap low budget modern horror is something of a success.

Picture:
Husk makes is UK Blu ray debut courtesy of G2 Films on a BD25 blu ray disc with an interlaced 1080i transfer framed at 1.78:1. I had previously seen this on a SD TV channel so anything was going to be better but this isn't what you would call a strong video transfer. The image remains consistently flat, lacking in depth and filmic qualities. Detail is for the most part ok with some decent textures in close up and mid-range shots but long shots especially of the complex cornfields tend to clump up lacking definition and solidity. In motion the Image does exhibit slight shimmer and motion blur possibly down to this being interlaced as opposed to a progressive and whilst this isn't overly distracting it is noticeable. The colour pallette is deliberately rather dour with an often golden tint but contrast is fine as are black levels which show some healthy shadow detail for the many nighttime sections. As to be expected from a modern movie shot on digital video Husk looks relatively clean and fresh but hardly awe inspiring.

Audio:
G2 Films bring Husk to the world of high definition with a 5.1 channel lossless DTS HD Master soundtrack which much like the visuals gets the job done without being overly memorable. Dialogue for the most part is clear and precise if a little low in the mix but foley effects such as crashing cars and blast from a shotgun sound soft and bass heavy lacking detail and dynamics. The music score fairs slightly better with a nice presence and stronger range but again isn't as robust as other uncompressed tracks. Channel separation is reasonable with a few pans and spot effects across the front three speakers whilst the surrounds do chip in with atmospheric environmental sounds as well as expanding and opening up the score. The LFE channel sounds a little mushy and indistinct but is powerful enough when called upon adding weight and depth to a number of scenes.

Extras:
G2 provide nothing in the way of supplementary material apart from trailers for Husk and a handful of other After Dark Originals. My copy also came with a card slipcover.

Conclusion:
I usually pass by direct to video horror but Husk intrigued me as i have always been a fan of American rural horror movies. The film is far from perfect but is well made, creepy and atmospheric and it is always nice to see a low budget modern horror flick that doesent resort to blatant CGI effects or overly annoying teenage characters.
The Blu ray from G2 Films is to be fair abit of a letdown arriving with a mostly uninspired interlaced picture transfer, bland audio and no extras. This is though extremely cheap to pick up especially for a Blu ray and the film content itself is definatly worth the three stars I have awarded it here.
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