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The Harvesting on DVD and VOD

Sunday, 17 July 2016 23:00 Written by 

The Harvesting - out now on DVD and VODA family on the edge of collapse leave the city behind for a cleansing vacation in the countryside. Desperate to renew their familial and marital bonds, they settle into their rustic holiday home with a quiet Amish community nearby. Initially the only source of tension is the kids moaning about being bored without their phones, TV and Internet, but the area has a dark past that is about to be reawakened on the advent of the summer solstice.

This creepy horror film stars Elena Caruso (“Cloverfield”) and Chris Conner (The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story) as the married couple, Noah Headley and Accalia Quintana (“Dead Man Down”) as their kids, Greg Wood (“The Sixth Sense”, “Signs”) as the leader of the Amish settlement and Jennifer Gareis (“Miss Congeniality”) as one of the Amish women. Director Ivan Kraljevic cut his teeth as a second unit or assistant director on the likes of Colony, Agent Carter and Sons of Anarchy.

“The Harvesting” is quite a canny scary movie because it does not reveal the true nature of the threat or its impact until right near the end; until then we are kept guessing. Is this “The Shining” but set in rolling fields? Is it an homage to “The Wicker Man”, or is it a rehash of Wes Craven’s “Deadly Blessing”?

The film certainly gets off to a great start with rapid sequence of shocking events, before resetting things and allowing a slow but inexorable ramping up of the pressure as the solstice approaches. There are not a lot of jolting scares but the portentous atmosphere is palpable.

The acting is okay, with Caruso and Wood standing out. The characters are a little stereotypical for this genre but on the plus side they do have a reasonable amount of credibility and substance to them.

It is not clear on IMDb who composed the soundtrack but it is an effective mixture of beautiful acoustic tranquillity and more dramatic refrains. I had a little trouble picking out some of the dialogue at times but that is more of a sound mixing issue and fortunately one that is infrequent.

The only extra on the DVD is a trailer.

“The Harvesting" (2015) is out now on DVD and VOD, courtesy of Matchbox Films. The main feature has a running time of 92 minutes approx, carries a ‘15’ certificate and retails for £9.99-£13.99 on VOD, £12.99 on DVD, or less from