FERTILE GROUND (2011) Reviews and overview

‘From cradle to grave.’

Fertile Ground is a 2011 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Adam Gierasch (House by the Lake; Fractured; Night of the Demons; Autopsy) from a screenplay co-written with Jace Anderson. The movie stars Leisha Hailey, Gale Harold, Chelcie Ross and JoNell Kennedy.


Emily and Nate Weaver leave the city for the rural comfort of Nate’s ancestral home in the country.

Once there, Emily is plagued by horrifying visions and haunted by the ghosts inhabiting their isolated new home…


“It’s a competently made, competently acted film. I will give it that. However, there’s nothing inspired about the story or how it’s brought to life.” Brandon C. Sites

“The acting is okay, I guess, but everything else is severely lacking. No logic, no tension, no atmosphere, nobody to really care about (Emily just doesn’t do enough to get herself out of the house before things get too “scary”)…” For It Is Man’s Number

“It boils down to the slow degradation of a married couple who’s got a strong case of cabin fever or a wicked case of possession. Fertile Ground does the ambiguous ending well, with enough information to fairly choose a side and your own interpretation. That’s definitely its strength…” From Black to Red

“While it’s a competently acted and reasonably well-made film, Gierasch and Anderon’s screenplay brings nothing new to the table, instead borrowing bits from the dozens of other films that have done this sort of thing much better.” Horrorview

“Well lensed with classy photography and muted performances by its relatively unknown cast (though TV fans may recognize Leisha Hailey), Fertile Ground turns on the creepy about twenty minutes in and refuses to let go.” Quiet Earth

“Leisha Hailey’s excellent turn aside, if you’ve any experience whatsoever with movies of this nature, you’ll have seen all this before. The ground may, indeed, be fertile, but it sure ain’t fresh!” 2,500 Movies Challenge

Cast and characters:

  • Leisha Hailey … Emily Weaver
  • Gale Harold … Nate Weaver / William Weaver
  • Chelcie Ross … Avery
  • JoNell Kennedy … Brittany McGraw
  • Stephanie Brown … Risa
  • Sigal Diamant … Sarah
  • Adam Gierasch … Otto
  • Clint Curtis … Felipe
  • Neil Cunningham … Doug
  • Rod McCullough … Sheriff Crane
  • Douglas Roberts … Doctor Glasgow
  • Eric Bench … Howard the Plumber
  • Steve Pilchen … Manny
  • Joseph Gentzler … Deputy
  • David Oddy … Mover

Technical details:

  • 95 minutes
  • Dolby Digital
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85: 1

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