Based on true events (well based on the fears from the directors childhood) THE FIELDS is set during the fall out of the Manson murders, an aspect of the story they should have delved deeper into in my opinion, where a young boy named Steve (Joshua Ormond – BITTERSWEET) is sent to live with his grandparents Gladys (Cloris Leachman – YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY) and Hiney (Bev Appleton – THE NEW WORLD, THE CONTENDER) while his parents Bonnie (Tara Reid – URBAN LEGENDS, AMERICAN PIE) and Barry (Faust Checho) try and put their failing relationship back together.
Frightened of the thought of the Manson ‘family’ coming to get him, Steve finds himself scared of little things i.e. clown statue in his bedroom. One afternoon Steve walks into the corn fields that surround his grandparents’ house, where he finds the body of a woman. This is the last time we really hear about the body in the corn as it is bypassed along with several other sections of the film. The film focus on a group of hippies living nearby whom, we are led to assume, are the ones causing all the problems for the family. Things start getting menacing as the hippies (or whoever it is) start throw bricks from the windows of Steve’s grandparent’s house. The film takes another dip after this as Bonnie and Barry arrive in a boring chase down of the person responsible.
Yes I noticed that me plot description went off track a little but the film was so bad I lost interest in what I was writing. We see very little of Tara Reid and are left with plastic acting from a child actor who just couldn’t hold his own acting wise to lead. It is a shame that this film just didn’t work, the idea was interesting and a lot more could have been done to make the film a lot better. The lack of tense moments and the poor acting ruined this for me and readers of this site know how funny I am with lack of story.
Poor showing all round. Personally I would give this a miss, HOWEVER if you disagree leave your thoughts below.
Release date: 20th August 2012
R.R.P: (DVD) £12.99
Running Time: 95 mins