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Dark Harvest (2004)

A group of teenagers go to an inherited family farm, only to be attacked by a killer scarecrow.

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Cast overview:
Don Digiulio ...
Sean
Jeanie Cheek ...
Darcy
Jennifer Leigh ...
Angela
B.W. York ...
Bryan
Jessica Dunphy ...
Alex
Paul Bugelski ...
Elijah
J.P. Linkous ...
Sheriff
Ralph Baber ...
Store Owner
Bootie Chewning ...
Maggie
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Justin
Jen Diciccio ...
Felicia
Jeff Wilson ...
Deputy
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Hargrove
Jason Eldridge ...
Scarecrow #1
Joshua Dodrill ...
Scarecrow #2 / Scarecrow #3
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A group of teenagers go to an inherited family farm, only to be attacked by a killer scarecrow.

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Rated R for horror violence, language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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20 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El espantapájaros del diablo  »

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$130,000 (estimated)
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According to the calendar visible in the general store, the action of this film takes place during the month of July 2002. See more »

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During the opening sequence, none of the newspaper headlines match their stories. See more »

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Aimee Cox, who plays Alex is left out of the ending credits, but appears in the opening credits. See more »

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Followed by Skarecrow (2004) See more »

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Mediocre is worse than bad.
12 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I submit that inside the genre of independent film making, mediocre is worse than bad. Dark Harvest is so stereotypical that it should be shown to film students as a textbook example of how not to make an indie horror film.

The script, you would suppose, is the one area where an indie film can triumph over a Hollywood blockbuster. If you're writing it yourself, you can put in any combination of the bizarre, the shocking, the horrible, anything at all that you might think would keep an audience interested. That just wasn't done in Dark Harvest. There is nothing to keep you interested, just the standard slasher movie plot, not done very well, with unoriginal monsters and uninteresting characters.

I won't bother with the boring and predictable plot covered by other reviewers, nor the wooden acting, lousy monster costumes and moronic dialogue. If you've read the other reviews you already know that much, and it's not arguable - the movie is simply that bad.

It's not bad in that way which intrigues those who enjoy bad movies. In those cases, the movie is so bad that it's good - but Dark Harvest isn't. It can only aspire to such depths of bad film making. Instead, it is so middle-of-the-road, suburban white-bread generic that there is just nothing to capture your interest.

Is there any good in it? Well, there is a mid-morning skinny dipping scene that is entertaining for about a minute, if only because of the display of female posteriors. That's only one minute, though, and it's never repeated, so if you're in the market for a horror movie with skin - this isn't it.

Let's do a checklist of all the things that make a good, or at least interesting independent horror film.

Good script? No. Good acting? No. Bizarre, unpredictable? No. Shocking, graphic? No. Special effects? Not special. Gratuitous nudity? Not nearly enough. Original ideas? Nope. Humorous, campy? If you enjoy watching ice melt. Any reason at all to watch it? None I can think of.

It's pretty much a waste of film and time. Not good enough to watch, not bad enough to be used as a yardstick to measure other films by.


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