Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
What's it about
After her car breaks down Rest Stop's Jaimie Alexander’s is stranded in a freaky town who’s residents decide that she is the perfect candidate to become the vessel for the rebirth of their dead preacher.
Is it good movie?
Sometimes a film’s ability to settle into mediocrity can be a good thing. David Benullo’s “Hallowed Ground” is the kind of horror filler that fans of the genre can and should welcome with open arms. It didn’t rewrite horror history, introduce any must-see kills, or even provide its audience with a particularly interesting villain, but it did offer horror fans a welcome break from the endless stream of embarrassing direct to DVD fodder trying to pass themselves as horror films worth the price of a rental.
The film opens with a prologue that shows the town of Hope sacrificing one of their own so that God will award them a plentiful crop season. The film then jumps to the present day where we are introduced to Liz ("Rest Stop's Jaimie Alexander) driving cross-country to forget her troubles. Then something miraculous happens, her car breaks down in a freaky town complete with staring townspeople. After the local mechanic tells her she is going to be stuck there for the night she decides to grab a bite to eat. While at the diner she meets hottie reporter Sarah (Hudson Leick) who is there to do a story on the towns seedy history for the trash rag she writes for.
As soon as the two ladies make it out to the cornfields where the sacrifices supposedly took place a scarecrow comes to life and the carnage begins. The scarecrow then chases Liz around for the next act of the film and then disappears completely from the third act. Come to find out the townsfolk and the scarecrow (the resurrected town preacher) is after Liz to impregnate her with holy sperm so that their beloved preacher can be reborn in flesh instead of straw.
The town chases poor Liz around, catches her, she escapes, and they catch her again. This pattern continues for a while until the town sheriff (Brian McNamara) comes to her rescue. Then the something odd happened, half of the town gets slaughtered for no apparent reason. I got the feeling that the writer (who happens to be the director) used this scene for some cheep shock value, but instead of shocking the audience it will only confuse them. The rest of the flick was a fun and entertaining ride that will satisfy the basic needs of any horror fan.
Another thing the film has going for it is its cinematography. All of the footage looked great and the production value was high. Jaimie Alexander proved she can carry a film, her performance was solid, and I’d even say she topped her work in “Rest Stop.” Overall, for a low budget horror romp “Hallowed Ground” set its standards high and came close to meeting them. With a better script this formula that mixed “Children of The Corn” and “Scarecrow” could have risen to a cult status.
Video / Audio
Video: Looked top notch.
Audio: The sound was loud and clear.
Nothing to talk about here.
If, like me, you like to waste your Sunday afternoons watching horror flicks and throwing down a few beers, then you could do worse than “Hallowed Ground.”