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Albino Farm (DVD Review)

17 September 2009 10:19 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

I should probably hate Albino Farm; the Mti Home Video release has all the ingredients of irritatingly shallow horror. Yet as hard as I try to push it away, I have to embrace it. I should make a disclaimer before we continue: I have a perhaps irrational enthusiasm for the foolish-travelers-meet-awesome-looking-mutants-who-eat-people subgenre. From The Hills Have Eyes to Wrong Turn 2…I love ’em all. When I learned I was being assigned a film called Albino Farm, my eyes lit up with childlike wonder.

I was disappointed. Yet I was not entirely let down.

Joe Anderson and Sean McEwen wrote/directed/produced this tragic tale of four stereotypically ignorant college kids with distinct horror personality types. Stacey (Australian star Tammin Sursok) is the kind-hearted All-American girl. Melody (Alicia Lagano) is the foul-mouthed tough chick; her apparent boyfriend Brian (Nick Richey) is the obnoxious frat-boy jerk. Sanjay (Sunkrish Bala) is the »

- (Audrey Quaranta)

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Down on the Albino Farm

15 September 2009 2:23 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Horror cinema has for some time mined folklore for inspiration, whether it be Eastern Europe’s belief in vampirism or Mexico’s love affair with the goat-sucking chupacabra. American filmmakers Sean McEwen and Joe Anderson, whose feature Albino Farm hits DVD September 22 from Mti Home Video, followed suit in crafting their backwoods fright feature.

“One of the original ideas we kept coming back to,” McEwen tells Fango on the set, “was based on an actual legend specific to southern Missouri and the Ozarks about the ‘albino farm.’ There was a good foundation for a story, but it definitely needed a lot of meat put on its bones, which also gave us the opportunity to really take the creative ball and run with it.”

To help explain the urban legend from which the film’s storyline is derived (while driving to southern Missouri on a “travel day” following the previous evening’s lightning strike, »

- (Sean Decker)

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