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Horror
Ruthless Pictures
February 4th, 2014
Release length: 1:24:00
Fields of the Dead follows a group of kids that venture out to a remote abandoned farm. It was the site of murder and occult rituals in the past, something highlighted as an introduction to the film before the credits even begin. Everyone is there as part of a school project, and for the most part don’t know the grizzly history of the place. But the longer they stay, the more the clues begin to pile up that something is wrong, such as Cheryl (Melanie Recker) who starts having visions, and Josh (Matt Tatroe) who discovers a diary that outlines certain changes one of the former residents witnessed. Those spirits are trapped here with that killer, reachin out to the students to get away before it’s too late, though no one is paying attention, and the killer takes possession of one of the kids, killing off the students one by one until a “twist” is revealed at the end, wrapping it up with the one girl smart enough to leave becoming the cliffhanger for a possible sequel.

Fields of the Dead isn’t any more deep than that really, which is a shame. The cast do a good job at their roles, though they play the characteristics up either in the proper manner to make you hate them for the douche or overly politically correct person they are, or not enough to make you care one bit about their safety. The audio itself is minimal as far as the score goes, and the voices are captured well enough all around, though sometimes fall victim to background audio much louder than they are, or even as it was in the previous cut. There also appears to be some day-for-night shots used, but there’s still a decent amount of lit night time scenes to make those come off as a believable dusk.

Overall, Fields of the Dead comes off like early Friday the 13th laced with Evil Dead. The production is pretty good for what seems like a lower budget film, and even the acting is far better than some smaller productions that somehow make it to the silver screen. Had this film carried a stronger story than what exists, which is a rather bland and generic tale overall, this easily could have seen a nice theatrical release, especially with films like The Conjuring being such a huge success today. But, really, this seems like a mild eighties paranormal Thriller, especially in the full-frame only viewing format, that is simply thirty years too late to truly be effective.

Overall Score: 4/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.