Monday Movie: Husk

Welcome to Monday Movie with Mommy Boots! The movie I’m reviewing this week I enjoyed a hell of a lot more than last week’s movie (Season of the Witch).

This week’s movie is horror flick Husk.

I wasn’t expecting much from this film, partially because I’d never heard of it before (not that I’ve heard of every movie ever, but my brother-in-law is a horror movie fanatic and I hear about many, many horror flicks) and partially because we’ve had a really bad Netflix track record the past few weeks. We’ve had some real doozies. I was really pleasantly surprised with this one, though. Now if you’re not a horror fan, you’re not going to like this movie. But if you like scary movies, this one is good!

Husk begins with five friends driving down a remote road surrounded by cornfields. Now, cornfields freak me the hell out. They always have. I think it’s because I watched Stephen King’s The Stand when I was about seven, and was traumatized by the cornfields. This is unfortunate, because I grew up in Illinois where there is corn EVERYWHERE. I digress. Five friends are driving down a road surrounded by evil cornfields when something happens and their car ends up running off the road and everyone loses consciousness for a while. I’m not going to tell you what happens because it scared the piss out of me and I don’t like spoiling scares.

Four of the friends wake up in the car to find that their fifth friend is nowhere to be found. They make it out of their wrecked car and look around, seeing nothing but road and rows of corn as far as they can see. They manage to spot the very top of the roof of a house in the midst of the fields, and deduce that their missing friend must have gone there to find help. Two of them go to find the missing person and two stay behind in case a car comes by.

The creepiness begins when the two that took off toward the house come across a scarecrow that is just really effing disturbing. The girl who remains by the car ends up seeing what looks like a little boy in the corn, which is freaky. Kids + horror movies = terror. She then stumbles across someone laying half in and half out of the corn. He’s dressed up like the scarecrow the other two guys just saw and when she pulls back the opening for the mouth, she sees that the “scarecrow” actually has teeth. She freaks out and the other guy tells her everything’s fine. She insists on going after their two friends, and they end up heading through the cornfield toward the house and that’s when things get really scary.

I really liked the storyline. It was pretty original and unique and the acting was tolerable. Many times horror movies with less than a Hollywood budget have awful acting and while this didn’t deserve an Oscar or anything, it’s not the worst I’ve seen. The feel of the house and the inside of it was very reminiscent to the remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I felt like the director drew a lot from TCM, but it wasn’t to the point of being a rip-off. There were very tense moments in the film, and several really good scares that actually made me shriek out loud. This film is part supernatural, part messed up hick family, and even part zombie. It doesn’t sound like those three elements would mesh well but they made it work in Husk. If you’re looking for something spooky and different, I would definitely recommend it.

Rating (out of 5 *****):
I’m giving Husk *** 1/2 stars. It’s not the greatest horror movie I’ve ever seen, but it was way better than I anticipated and I would actually buy it and watch it again. The storyline was cool, the imagery was very creepy and it had good scares.

I don’t have any suggestions for related viewing because I really liked this one and wouldn’t suggest watching something else in its place. If you like scary movies this one’s definitely worth a rent. Grab some popcorn, turn the lights off and enjoy!

Thanks for reading. Feel free to discuss the movie in the comments or make suggestions of your own!