Cannibal Farm (2017) reviews and overview

 
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Cannibal Farm – aka Escape from Cannibal Farm – is a 2017 British horror film written, produced and directed by Charlie Steeds (The Barge People; WinterskinThe House of Violent Desire). The Dark Temple Motion Pictures production stars Kate Marie Davies, Barrington De La Roche, and David Lenik.

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.

However, 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.

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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…

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Review:

Title? Check. Trailer? Check. Plot? Check.

Who would have thought from the above that Escape from Cannibal Farm could result in the foulest pile of dog poo, this side of Hell? I mean, the title is cool… the trailer is interesting and the plot sounds decent, albeit a severe steal from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Even the movie poster looks terrific! What went wrong? 

A middle-class British family is taking a camping trip into the countryside, as a bonding experience to hopefully mend some mildly broken issues. Issue #1 – stepdad, Wes. He’s brutish, bullying, impatient and somewhat mean. Issue #2 – the mom, Katherine. She’s nice, loves her children and yet… she sticks up for Wes, relentlessly. Issue #3 – the children. Oldest sibling, Jessica brings along her boyfriend Kurt who gets a first-hand vision of what life would be like if he proposes to Jess. Middle kid, Toby is my favorite. Quick-tongued and sarcastic, he makes no qualms about wanting to go home, or at least play video games during the entire trip, thereby avoiding any contact and conversations with Wes. Finally, young Sam who sits quietly and absorbs the dynamics between the adults and the kids during this painful ride into the woodlands.

Of course, as fate (and cliché) would have it, they stop in a completely isolated area to set up camp, when strange things begin to happen. A creepy person appears in the window of the RV; a tent is set on fire. And of course, while trying to haul arse out of there, the camper won’t start. What else could possibly go wrong? How about being abducted by a gruesome young man in a mask, and his deranged backwoods father (Barrington de la Roche, who’s acting is so impossibly bad, that I wasn’t sure if he was being serious or preparing for a bloopers reel).

Imagine if you will…

Leatherface meets Live Animals. Mix in a tiny bit of Motel Hell, some awful plot shenanigans and we have Escape from Cannibal Farm. The story never ends. At first, it appears that this family-run farm is out for revenge. Then, it becomes a betrayal. Next up… a service for high-end clients. And finally, a second villain is introduced. Don’t worry, I am not giving away any spoilers. There are none.

The most disappointing aspect of Cannibal Farm is its potential from the beginning. Very strong! Toby (Lenik) is the most creative character in this family. Maybe it’s just the script for him, but props to Lenik for keeping my attention. The movie goes downhill after the capture and never revives. Instead, it goes into a frenzy of different directions and makes you dizzy. And bored. By all means, escape from watching this Cannibal Farm. It is a dreadful waste of time.

Meredith Brown, MOV!ES and MAN!A

Other reviews:

“It features performances from very strong British actors, cinematography that highlights the lovely UK countryside, buckets of gore and dismembered body parts, and yes – nods (just nods) to one of the greatest films in horror history. Hell, it’s even got twinges of comedy, too. My only complaint is Charlie Steeds going a little overboard with the writing and stumbling over himself.” Horror Society

“In Cannibal Farm, there is no grit. There is no suspense. The kills are extremely unoriginal. The deaths are never frightening. And the way the super thin story plays out is totally nonsensical. Nothing makes any sense.” The Movie Sleuth

“Here, in classic British comedy-horror tradition, one of the men gets stabbed in the arse with a rake! And all of the on-screen action is underlined by an absolutely amazing score which echoes the ominous nature of the film in a “John Carpenter meets Goblin” fashion. However, there’s more to Cannibal Farm than the violence and subverting genre cliches. The film also has a powerful message about the current state of the UK.” Phil Wheat, Nerdly

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” …through an engaging script, genuine character development, and a string of surprising twists at the end, Cannibal Farm is its own beast, powerful and frightening. Add to this list a jarring, explosive soundtrack and the end result is an engrossing horror film with great performances from a large ensemble cast.” Morbidly Beautiful

“The mixture of The Texas Chainsaw Massacres 1 & 2 with a little Last House on the Left thrown in gives birth to a fun and brutal film that wobbles as it finds its footing to define its own identity.” Jason Minton, Without Your Head

Main cast:

  • Kate Marie Davies … Jessica Harver – Knights of the DamnedApparition of Evil
  • Barrington De La Roche … Hunt Hansen – Deadman Apocalypse; Blood Moon
  • David Lenik … Toby Harver
  • Rowena Bentley … Katherine Harver
  • Toby Wynn-Davies … Wesley Wallace
  • Peter Cosgrove … Everett Blackheart – Evil Souls
  • Joe Street … Kurt Daniels
  • Dylan Curtis … Sam Harver
  • Kate Llewellyn … Betty Blackheart
  • Sam Lane … The Boy With the Melted Face
  • Charlotte Roest-Ellis … Bethany Hansen
  • Jackson Wright … Reverend Hawksworthe
  • Jack Miller … Sammy Hansen
  • Harrison Nash … Joe Blackheart
  • Joe Smith … Caleb Blackheart

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