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The Fields (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 24 September 2011 (USA)
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Tells the story of a young boy and his family who are terrorized by an unseen presence.

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A young boy goes to live with his grandparents while his mother and father fight to save their failing marriage, and makes a horrifying discovery in the cornfield behind their house during the Manson Family trials. Warned by his grandmother to stay away from the fields, young Steven nevertheless strays into the stalks and sees something he will never forget. Meanwhile, as the nightly newscasts offer all the lurid details of the Manson murders, something begins to stir in the corn field. By the time the family dogs disappear and the threat becomes real, it's already too late to run, and Steven must face his greatest fear head on.

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The writer and producer Harrison Smith, sent this script to Jack Nicholson. Nicholson's agent contacted him back and said "You know that Jack gets $5,000,000.00 just to read the script, right?" Harrison replied "No I didn't. Thanks, but I think we are good". See more »

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The beginning of the movie sets the time of the events as 1973, yet the school bus that is seen dropping of the boys is a 1994 model Thomas/International. See more »

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Features The Killer Shrews (1959) See more »

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More Drama than Horror
19 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

The Fields is a well made & acted atmospheric story. Despite a haunting box cover & description which advertises the film as a horror story, it is more of a boy's reflection on an incident which takes place on a farm where he is temporarily staying.

The movie takes place in the early 1970's when the Manson Family trial is all over the radio & television. Young Steven, who is living with his grandparents while his parents try to work out their marital woes, is curious about Manson & his followers. His curiosity turns to concern when he hears conversations about groups of hippies (who resemble Manson's followers) lurking in the area. He then discovers something terrible deep in the corn fields behind the house. Is the discovery a result of his imagination brought about by the current events of the time?

Thankfully for the audience, the threat turns out to be very real. Be prepared though: this movie is a slow burn. In fact, the boy's relationship with the grandparents (which takes up the bulk of the film) is actually more of a highlight than the action towards the movie's conclusion. Horror movie fans drawn in by the advertising art & description will have their patience tested with The Fields. It does emerge as a good story in the end though. Fans of this type of story are encouraged to seek out Paper House, which this film reminded me of.


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