Emily and Nate Weaver leave the city for the rural comfort of Nate's ancestral home in the country. Once there, Emily is plagued by horrifying visions and haunted by the ghosts inhabiting their isolated new home.
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Emily and Nate Weaver leave the city for the rural comfort of Nate's family home in New Hampshire. There, isolated and haunted by strange noises and horrifying visions, Emily learns she's pregnant while Nate is possessed by the homicidal spirit of his forefathers. In a house haunted by past victims, Emily learns that she's the latest target in a murderous tradition. Written by
Nudity: 5 out of 10 (Leisha Hailey generously shows off her marvelous breasts not once, but twice. They are a sight to behold and more than reimbursed me for the price of my overnight rental at the local red kiosk)
Gore: 2 out of 10 (one violent stabbing scene; the rest is pretty mild)
Emily (Leisha Hailey) and Nate (Gale Harold) are married and in love.
All is right in the world.
Emily is with child. Nate is a promising painter. They have a chic apartment in a big city. What else could they ask for?
Tragically and unexpectedly, Emily has a miscarriage. On top of this, she is devastated by the news that she will be unable to have children for the remainder of her fertile years.
In search of a fresh start, the couple decides to move to the country. Nate is the heir of a house that has been in his family for over 150 years.
Maybe this house with its picturesque view is exactly what they both need to get their lives back together.
Unfortunately, strange occurrences begin to take place once the young couple get settled.
They find a number of artifacts that all suggest that Nate's forefathers were homicidal maniacs.
Is this anti-social tendency beginning to influence Nate?
Are malevolent forces that are tied to the house awakened by their new tenants?
Or is Emily losing her mind?
Of all of the different types of horror movies, a ghost story is easily one of the most difficult to pull off.
Reason being: there is very little margin for error.
Tone, pace, atmosphere, script, sound design, score, etc... all have to be close to flawless in order to have an effective ghost story.
About 30 minutes into "Fertile Ground," you realize that the directing/writing team of Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson (they teamed up for another After Dark Horrorfest movie, Autopsy) are in way over their heads.
From the distracting and inappropriate Thomas Newman-like score to the over-reliance on telegraphed jump scares to, ultimately, an absolute disaster of a story, "Fertile Ground" will leave you bored, annoyed, and longing for Leisha Hailey to wear more of her sheer negligee.
For those of you who have seen Gierasch's previous After Dark effort, Autopsy, and are at least banking on "Fertile Ground" containing the same level of surprising gore, you will be sorely disappointed.
For a much better ghost story, check out Bayona's "The Orphanage".
For a much better After Dark original movie, check out "Seconds Apart".
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