Escape From Cannibal Farm, Not Fine Dining With Concept, Effects
Escape From Cannibal Farm Film Details
Director: Charlie Steeds
Writer: Charlie Steeds
Release Date: October 9, 2017 (Sweden), January 2, 2018 (Worldwide)
Release Format: Video On Demand
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr, 40 min
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. But 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… 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!
Escape From Cannibal Farm originally released on October 9, 2017 in Sweden. On January 2, 2018, it received a worldwide release from High Octane Pictures. The bloody, gory Horror film is written and directed by Charlie Steeds.
Kate Davies-Speak – Jessica Harver
Barrington De La Roche – Hunt Hansen
David Lenik – Toby Harver
Rowena Bentley – Katherine Harver
Toby Wynn-Davies – Wesley Wallace
Peter Cosgrove – Everett Blackheart
Escape From Cannibal Farm tells the tragic story of Hunt Hansen and his family, Sammy Hansen (Jack Miller) and Susan (Emma Ivy Langwith). Years prior to the Present Day, Sammy (a young boy) became the victim of bullying and a harmless prank that soon backfired, leaving Sammy burned and disfigured. Following this event, Susan could not bear to live with the pain and regret, so she ended life.
Suffering from pain and burden, Hunt becomes enraged with a vengeance that would stick with him for years to come. The Blackheart Family, the original culprits of the cruel prank, were the first to fall victim to his vengeance. However, Hunt does not stop there, as he preys on innocent people who step foot on the Hansen Farm.
Escape From Hansen Farm has shock-worthy scenes of torture and brutal violence. However, the production has a familiarity and predictability. Quite a few films can compare here. Films such as Live Animals! (Jeremy Benson, 2008) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974). A quote from the press release:
“EVEN LEATHERFACE RUNS AT THE SIGHT OF HUNT HANSEN AND HIS CHAINSAW!”
With Sammy Hansen (now all grown up) in mind, this character looks to take inspiration from the makeup of Leatherface. He wears a mask. You can tell his skin underneath suffers burns and disfigurement. And he wields a chainsaw. The torture scenes are also similar to aforementioned films.
The special effects are mediocre. Some of the violent scenes are brutal, but the effects for the viewer lacks.
Backstories in films are always good. They inform the audience by answering the important questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? I have had an experience with more productions not sharing backstories, leaving the viewer pondering with unanswered questions. However, Escape From Cannibal Farm is the first production I have seen that I can say delves too much into the back stories; some of it unnecessary.
Escape From Cannibal Farm has an overall good concept that has potential to be better. Observing from a viewpoint where this production takes too much inspiration from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to where it’s almost an exact similarity.