Sometimes volunteering to watch a film you know nothing about can take you on a fucked up journey. Or at least that can be said after viewing something like THE FARM. Man, was that a trip.
This bizarrely entertaining film was directed and written by Hans Stjernsward. It centers around a couple, Nora (Nora Yessayan) and Alec (Alec Gaylord), who stumble across trouble after eating at a roadside diner and crashing at a local lodge. They soon find themselves in a horrendous nightmare as they become “cattle” on a human farm. Nothing is normal here.
THE FARM is, by far, one of the most disturbing films I’ve seen in awhile. Whenever I thought they took it a bit far, they took it even further. It made my stomach turn and had me crossing my fingers that nothing like this would ever happen to me. THE FARM is insanely brutal and will leave you in a WTF state. It’s one fucked up moment after another with inhumane characters and a story that will make you lose your appetite.
I can’t say that I cared much for the characters, as we didn’t know much about them and honestly, they seemed screwed either way. However, the antagonists made up for that. From their creepy animal masks, limited vocabulary, and utter lack of human decency, there’s a burning desire to know more about them. Who are these people? Why are they doing this? They’re like a sick vegan cult gone horribly wrong.
THE FARM doesn’t hold back on any blood and gore, though some kills are more intense than others. There’s one particular scene with a baby that really got to me, but that’s all I will say about that. It’s one of many scenes that will make you uncomfortable on several different levels, yet you can’t help but keep watching.
For me, the ending was intense, yet somehow lackluster. I wanted to know more about this crazy farm and the people behind it. The last scene was super creepy and I think some people will appreciate the eerily symbolic reference to the Last Supper.
Overall, THE FARM kept me on my toes and threw me into several uncomfortable situations throughout. I can’t say that it’s a completely creative story as it reminds me of a few other films; especially Motel Hell, which is a favorite of mine. THE FARM is way more brutal and intense, though, with very little humor. If you had the chance to check it out at the Overlook Film Festival let us know what you thought!