DVD Review “The Fields”

Directed by: Tom Mattera, David Mazzoni
Starring: Cloris Leachman, Tara Reid, Joshua Ormond
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Distributed by: Breaking Glass Pictures
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Running Time: 98 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

When I first heard about this movie, I thought to myself “Cloris Leachman and Tara Reid in a horror movie…I gotta see this”. Well, the latter was a little bit of a let down because Tara Reid is only in maybe 10 minutes of the film. The main star of the film is young actor Joshua Ormond. He definitely delivers a haunting performance. Cloris Leachman is great as usual but doesn’t get to shine much in the role. The ending is a little anti-climatic but overall the film is tight and delivers a few good jumps. Compared to come of the recent “gems” from Breaking Glass Pictures, this one definitely stands out.

The film is set in 1973, where the news is filled with reports of Manson’s killings. Steven (Joshua Ormond) is sent to live with his grandparents (Cloris Leachman and Bev Appleton) in the country while his mother (Tara Reid) and father are temporarily seperated. The grandparents have only one rule…stay away from the corn stalks. Of course Steven is drawn into the fields and what he finds will turn his life into a nightmare. Strange things start happening including strange noises and strange people watching him. It is up to Steven’s family to protect him from what lies beyond the field.

The DVD special features are impressive as usual for Breaking Glass release. The include hiliarious outtakes from Cloris Leachman (what a mouth she has). There is a great making-of documentary included. There are a few behind-the-scenes featurettes, including interviews with real people this film is based of. There is footage from the world premiere focusing on Cloris. Lastly there is a photo gallery and trailer included.

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