Cannibal Farm (2017) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Charlie Steeds
Starring: Kate Davies-Speak, Barrington De La Roche, David Lenik
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of discs: 1
Available from High Octane Pictures
In the British countryside, the Harver family head out on an idyllic summer camping trip where they can bury past tensions and enjoy some family bonding. But when their camp is sabotaged by an unseen intruder in the night, they head to the nearby creepy old farm desperate for help, where vengeful farmer Hunt Hansen and his hideously deformed son aren’t farming animals… Caged and waiting for their limbs to be severed, cooked and eaten one at a time, the Harver family must overcome their differences and unite in order to escape alive!
Let’s call a spade a spade here, shall we? Cannibal Farm (Formerly known as Escape from Cannibal Farm) is pretty much a rip-off of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Most the plot is very chainsaw-ish and one of the killers even wears people’s faces and uses a chainsaw. Only this one takes place in the UK. And the movie has a lot of twists and turns that do nothing for the film. So, yes, this movie isn’t anything to write home about and isn’t a very good film, but I often have to ask myself if it is any worse than either of the last two legit Texas Chainsaw Massacre films that we’ve seen. 3D might top this one out barely, but I think Cannibal Farm does at least top the recently released Leatherface. The jury might still be out on the other Texas Chainsaw rip-off Metalface (aka Playing with Dolls) since I’ve not seen that one yet.
So what is the major issue with this one? It’s a combination of plot inconsistency and bad choices with some of the characters. I won’t spoil anything but I’ll say this much, one of the more interesting characters the movie does have doesn’t hang around as long as they probably should have. And on top of that, we have some extremely silly plot twists as a family that can’t get along very well go on a trip and get caught up in the mix at this “Cannibal” farm that comes with some very strange characters. I don’t mind our leading lady played by Kate Davies-Speak, but even her character isn’t immune to the bad writing and bad characters choices these folks make from start to finish. All in all, we get some blood and we get a very clear hybrid of a Texas Chainsaw rip-off/parody, but it just doesn’t work out all that well when you really break it all down.
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