Title: Savage Harvest

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Year: 1994

Genre: Horror / Independent

Language: English

Runtime: 71 min

Director: Eric Stanze

Writer: Eric Stanze

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0128453/

Many years ago, something evil killed off an entire Cherokee tribe. Now, a group of youngsters accidently summon back the demonic possessions and are now trapped with them between invisible barriers. More and more of them are turned into demons, and less of them are left to survive. Soon they discover the only way to get out is to face them head on.

Our thoughts:
Eric Stanze is a name that you frequently hear in the world of independent horror, and I purchased "Scrapbook" a few years back myself, and I've been interested in his second feature "Ice From The Sun". I have yet to watch anything from the man, but now that I got the upcoming 6 film collection from Njutafilms in my hands, I decided to start from the beginning and get into his work. The first one out was "Savage Harvest", a demon horror that has been compared to films like "Evil Dead".

Even though the story should be easy to follow - it's demons in the woods. But yet they go into it with full force by trying to describe things as logical as possible. It results in a mess! Let's just say that they accidently summon a demonic force and this force also traps them between invisible barriers. It's the history of the demons, the reason they're summoned back, and how you get rid of them, that gets pointlessly detailed. In the end, what really matters is if the movie delivers what a demon movie should deliver. "Savage Harvest" does not.

In no way does it manage to entertain as much as "Evil Dead", "Night of the Demons" and "Demons" did. I name-drop these because I think they are the three best films to deal with this sort of demons. "Savage Harvest" is no better than the early efforts of Olaf Ittenbach (minus most of the gore) or the films by Andreas Bethmann (minus the porn). It's a poorly made demon movie that might be ambitious but falls short in giving us something we haven't seen before. The sound production sucks fucking cock with terrible background music and even worse "ambient" sound. For the most part you won't even hear what the hell they are saying. That's a shame since there's a lot of fucking talking trying to explain what is going on.
The only good thing about this movie is that the effects are decent and it has a good enough amount of gore. I am looking forward to watching the other films by Eric Stanze because you gotta give him some slack in his first effort. I'm sure he has some talents that a film like this didn't let him show. And considering how popular he is in this community he should be able to do better. "Savage Harvest" is a crappy horror movie that really doesn't give you anything new, but it's another film to choose from when you want to watch a cheesy indie horror film. I don't know why I expected anything more.

Positive things:
- Decent effects and a decent amount of gore.
Negative things:
- Often confusing even though it's a stereotypical horror movie plot.
- Terrible sound all over the place.
- Crappy use of the negative effect.

Gore: 2.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 1/5

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