Dark Harvest 2 Release Date: 2004 Genre: Horror Director(s): Bill Cowell Writer(s): Bill Cowell Staring: Bill Cowell, Kelleigh Murray, Alyssa Cowell While I never got around to reviewing the original Dark Harvest, the only way best to put it into perspective is to say that it was actually worse than Dark Harvest 2: The Maize. […]

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Dark Harvest 2
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Bill Cowell
Writer(s): Bill Cowell
Staring: Bill Cowell, Kelleigh Murray, Alyssa Cowell

While I never got around to reviewing the original Dark Harvest, the only way best to put it into perspective is to say that it was actually worse than Dark Harvest 2: The Maize. Thankfully, the people behind the original Dark Harvest are not back for this unneeded sequel. Lions Gate simply picked up a movie called The Maize and retitled it to capitalize on the boxart-driven success of that terrible film.

Very low budget and likely shot for a low-five figures amount, Dark Harvest 2 does not feature a blade-wielding scarecrow. Instead the movie is about a father who, in a very Final Destination-like manner, comes to believe that his daughters are in danger. When he frantically calls his wife, she reveals that the girls are currently walking through a corn maize that has been setup around Halloween to raise money to find two other girls who disappeared a year earlier. He heads on down to cornfield and begins searching for his girls for sixteen hours. Or at least it felt like that.

While I give credit to writer/director Bill Cowell for managing to make a distributed film on such a low budget, it’s obvious that he really should’ve stuck to an interior location. The production on Dark Harvest 2 is poor thanks to the low budget, and many of those woes would’ve been fixed (or at least lessened) if the movie were set somewhere else. The movie takes place from dusk into the night, and since the film’s set in a cornfield, the filmmakers had to use a lighting kit and a generator to achieve a watchable movie. The lighting is really bad, as it just follows around the characters, and the generator causes parts of the film to have a consistent buz and hum in the background.

And yeah, the film isn’t much from a creative standpoint either. It’s way too long (over a hundred minutes), meanders about, and never managed to make me care about the possible supernatural element going on throughout it.

It’s hard to even pick out a single positive point about it, and since I’m lazy, I won’t.
DVD: A behind-the-scenes featurette that’s more fun to watch than the movie and some bad outtakes (aside from the shots where crew members and boom mics are present).

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