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Dark Fields -- When the drought-stricken farming community of Perseverance resorts to child sacrifice to bring healing rains to their land, a terrible curse is unleashed, that haunts their bloodlines for generations.
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Kurt Eli Mayry (screenplay)
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The people of Perseverance are dying for a little rain
Follows three generations of a curse farming community that turn to human sacrifice to appease an evil that haunts the rain. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

David Carradine ... Clive Jonis

Richard Lynch ... Karl Lumis

Dee Wallace ... Jean Applebe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Beorger ... The Reverend - 1950
Christopher Bondy ... The Reverend

Derek Brandon ... Daniel Jonis

David G.B. Brown ... Boyfriend
James Howard Carr ... Ben Wheeler
J.J. Chidiac ... Simon Wheeler
Paula Ciccone ... Eleanor Lumis
Peter Coady ... Sheriff
Adam Cooper ... Dell's Boy
Daniel Cooper ... Dell's Boy

Guy Copland ... Dell / Motel Manager
Colin Crenshaw ... Jack Lumis

Didrik Davis ... Townsman

Jimmy Doom ... Horace
Maddie Dorsey ... Mandy Applebee

William C. Fox ... Cursed Farmer
William Giordano ... Kyle Lumis

Sasha Higgins ... Cari
Jillian Hoffman ... Jenny Applebee
Kristen Jarzembowski ... Maggie Jonis

Tiren Jhames ... Clarence Applebe / Mr. Saul
Patrick Kelly ... The Shaman

Natalie Light ... Girlfriend

Natalie Light ... Girlfriend
Mary Malaney ... Brenda Applebee
Max ... The Dog (Present)
Caden Miller-Baker ... Max Lumis (as Caden Miller Baker)
Andre Neebnagezhick ... The Indian Boy

Ellen Sandweiss ... Mandy Applebee (Present Day)
Hope Crenshaw ... Church goer (uncredited)
Molly Howe ... Dolly (uncredited)

Carol Ilku ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)

Tevis R. Marcum ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Schulze 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kurt Eli Mayry  screenplay
Douglas Schulze  screenplay
Mark C. Schwarz  story elements

Produced by
Kurt Eli Mayry .... producer
Douglas Schulze .... producer
Julie Schulze .... co-producer
Thomas Zambeck .... line producer
Original Music by
David Bateman 
Cinematography by
Lon Stratton 
Costume Design by
Cheryl Marie Freeman 
Makeup Department
Cat Bernier .... special makeup effects artist
Danielle Dettore .... makeup artist
Meshelle Melone .... key makeup artist
Bree Shea .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Joseph Butler .... second assistant director
Jeremy Gerken .... second second assistant director
Jessica Heemskerk .... second second assistant director
Tara Plizga .... first assistant director
Joshua Wagner .... first assistant director (as Josh Wagner)
Art Department
Greg Mitchell .... set dresser
Daniel Fumero .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Terence Lee Cover .... boom operator
Aaron Eschenburg .... production sound mixer
Mark Haygen .... additional sound mixer
Brian Kaurich .... production sound mixer
David Rumble .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Cat Bernier .... key special effects
Kevin Carter .... special effects contact lenses
Visual Effects by
E. Alan Contino .... visual effects supervisor (as Alan Contino)
Brian K. Johnson .... lead compositor
Brian K. Johnson .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Sebastian Boada .... second assistant camera
Chris Bondy .... grip
Rick Cramblett .... grip
Mark C. Davis Jr. .... second assistant camera
William Eichler .... steadicam operator
Patrick Elliott .... first assistant camera (as Patrick Elliot)
Geoff Ernst .... gaffer
Ian Henderson .... assistant camera
Chris Hoyle .... second assistant camera
Chris McLeod .... additional electrician
Robert Skates .... camera operator
Doug Susalla .... gaffer
Other crew
Roze Berisaj .... personal assistant to actor
Bill Dann .... production assistant
Amber Harley .... script supervisor (as Amber Fritz)
Anthony Horger .... production assistant
Alicia Jurva .... production assistant
Chris Myers .... production assistant
Jeff Nurmi .... gun handler
Chris Ordon .... production assistant
Rebecca Rogers .... production coordinator
Steven Seery .... production assistant
Andy Yeomans .... production assistant
Sam Sage .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"The Rain" - USA (original title)
"The Rain Chronicles" - , USA (working title)
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Rated R for bloody horror violence, some nudity and language
108 min
USA:R (certificate #46313)


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Dark Fields delivers, 24 March 2011
Author: Hedocrity from United States

It's said that horror fans aren't a very discriminating bunch. And given the volume of crap horror movies out there, I can't argue that. But I also take offense to it. I'm a life-long horror fan, and I regularly bypass the uncreative slashers and nauseatingly unoriginal remakes that populate the field these days. I like a quality, original horror film. And "Dark Fields" fits that bill.

Inspired by Shirley Jackson's short story, "The Lottery", the film's story interweaves three narratives, each taking place in the aptly named town of Perseverance, each in a different time period – the 1880's, the 1950's, and the present day. The residents of Perseverance are oppressed with a curse. Each year they suffer an affliction to their bodies and a drought to their land, the only cure for which is to sacrifice three of their children.

Three things make this movie rock.

First, director Doug Schulze's visual flair, accomplished through a knack for unique and effective composition, creepy art direction, and occasionally gruesome special effects – both of the practical and CGI variety. Schulze displays an inventiveness here that belies a great effort not usually seen in films at this budget level; in all instances above he regularly puts original ideas on the screen. I found his concept for the physical affliction of the curse to be especially satisfying, especially in its final form on female lead Sasha Higgins, and in the grisly teeth-pulling scene (which I watched from between my fingers). Cinematographer Lon Stratton's dark, moody photography – utilizing both Super 35 and the then-new Red One 4K digital camera -- effectively augments the layered visuals.

Second, the cast. Icons David Carradine and Dee Wallace Stone deliver. Both have faces you could watch read a phone book, and Schulze uses their gravitas to anchor their segments. Richard Lynch, too, is a standout as a tortured father witnessing his daughter succumb to her initial affliction of the town's curse.

And third, the story. I went into "Dark Fields" with trepidation, knowing it was an anthology piece. Anthologies always leave me dissatisfied – I'm not a short film fan and they always feel like a string of shorts to me. But "Dark Fields" employs a unique structure, in which the three stories unfold simultaneously, climaxing in the resolution of the curse in the present day. They interwoven narratives build towards this common end, along the way each telling a unique story with a common theme. It gets a little confusing sometimes -- and it demands your attention -- but it works.

"Dark Fields" is low-budget indie horror, and like most entries in that populous sub-genre, the seams occasionally show. But the trade-off is its originality. Not Hollywood product, this. I'll call it a thinking person's horror film, in that it's not for the mentally lazy. There isn't a lot that's spelled out in simple terms, and little immediate satisfaction; things generally come to fruition at a deliberate pace. But you do get the feeling that you're in the hands of a storyteller who knows his craft and will deliver. Go into it knowing that and you'll be a (discriminating) fan.

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