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 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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