The Honor Farm
Directed by Karen Skloss
On prom night, a group of kids wander deep into the woods and come back changed forever.
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★★★★½ review by Ali Chappell on Letterboxd
This is EXACTLY what happened to me at prom. I felt this movie too hard.
★★★½ review by Armando Sanchez on Letterboxd
If David Lynch decided to make a hypnotic-coming of age/fairy tale about sexuality, friendship, life and death...it would look a lot like Karen Skloss' film, THE HONOR FARM. If you cannot handle slow burn horror, or be patient with the horror itself, then THE HONOR FARM is definitely not for you. The film is about a couple of kids on prom night, who stumble into the woods, as they experienced life-changing occurrences/circumstances. Up and coming director, Karen Skloss is definelty a talent I'll be keeping an eye out for, as THE HONOR FARM is beautiful looking film, with some very creepy/eerie images that will make you think after the film ends. The film was made for a very low cost, but that doesn't stop Karen Skloss from creating such a haunting, yet so beautiful film. THE HONOR FARM is a film I may never watch again, not because I didn't like it, but because I always want to remember the experince of my first time viewing this hypnotic, creepy, and dream-like film that will make you think about life, death, and dreams. This is a film that will not be for everyone. I can already see this film being called "boring" or "slow" but that's okay, but because the experince itself is worth it. For those who don't need gore and jump scares to be afraid/entertained...this film is just for you. THE HONOR FARM is not a in-you're-face type horror film, but it is one that I highly suggest you check out.
★★★½ review by Steve Norwood on Letterboxd
THE HONOR FARM is damn peculiar. I mean, I liked it; but every time I expected it to go down a path, it sidestepped it or backpedaled away from that thing. In the end, it seems sweetly winning, perhaps in a way that I would have found cloying in any other genre of film.
★★★★½ review by Jason Seaver on Letterboxd
Well, heck, how do you say anything about why you like this movie without spoiling it?
It's easy to talk about what a traditional but entertaining horror hook it has - two sweet girls with lousy prom dates wind up trading along with another group after, with the promise of mushrooms and a seance at a haunted location outside of town. It's spooky as heck, but soon they discover they're not the only ones there...
Things get weird, eventually, but never so weird that the audience losses track of how these are regular high-school seniors, with vague things to figure out, not really a part of what they find. And, even though we don't necessity know a whole lot about them, we like them, and don't need a while lot of extra crisis to care about them in the moment.
Mostly, though, I like that this is a supernatural movie of sorts that has room for beauty as much as horror to be discovered, confidence abs eccentricity that occasionally can be is own point. It manages to not be the movie I was expecting when it was either at the start or halfway through, but I kind of like the particular sort of honesty that represents.
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