By guest blogger Blake Simonsen.
It’s the annual Harvest Festival in Devil’s Lake. A mystery masked serial-killer is going around murdering teens/college students who are drinking, having sex, doing drugs, or some combination of those three. It even throws in the token nods to the legendary movies from slasher lore, such as naming one of the characters “Carpenter”, bumbling police who are of no help, a character making a reference to “Freddy and Jason” and saying “this isn’t a movie”, and a shot taken right out of Psycho. Add in a cast of mostly inexperienced actors, a first time writer, and a first time director, and you have the recipe for a movie that is a little rough around the edges.
The core story in Harvest of Fear definitely has some potential. However, the kills weren’t up to par with what modern horror audiences will expect. Some of the kills were creative, but the lack of bloodshed from such attempted gory deaths just didn’t work.
This movie was filmed entirely in Estacada, Oregon.