Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian characters
Short Take: Scarecrows come to life to seek vengeance with scythes on a remote farm.
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Year: 2004
Duration: 88 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Paul Moore
Writer: Paul Moore
Starring: Don Digiulio, Jeanie Cheek, Jennifer Leigh, B.W. York, Jessica Dunphy, Amiee Cox

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Dark HarvestThe movie’s title graphics begin by telling us that the story takes place in Carson County, West “Virgina.” It’s hard not to roll your eyes or give up on the film already at such a typo in the name of the state (even in a low budget production).

In a flashback to 1932, we learn that one farmer brings in a good corn crop when all around him other people just grow dust. Elijah Baker’s secret is that he is a murderer and uses real people as his scarecrows, somehow ensuring his harvest by periodically dripping blood in the fields.

Now back to the present. Sean (Don Digiulio) finds out that he has inherited an old farm where no one has lived since the 1930s. He, his girlfriend Jess (Jessica Dunphy), and a group of friends that includes lesbian couple Alix (Amiee Cox) and Darcy (Jeanie Cheek), go to check out the farm. One of the favorite activities is skinny dipping in the pond, so there’s some nice gratuitous nudity and kissing between the girls.

They’re there during the Harvest (Blood) Moon, and scarecrows come back to life to seek vengeance with scythes. How many of our friends can survive until sunrise? The unlucky ones are run through and then hung like scarecrows. Some good action and surprises at the end, although there’s quite a bit of cheesy dialog and bad effects. (AB)