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Monday, May 18, 2015

My Review Of “Harvest”

HarvestMartin Sonntag and Kim Sønderholm’s horror short “Harvest” is a gory, “wicked games” take on the urban legend of organ hunters. The film stars Sønderholm as a predator of sorts in dire circumstances. Questioning his current situation and yet forced to continue on a dark and fatale journey into the world of organ harvesting for the black market. “Harvest” also stars Siff Andersson, Slavko Labovic, Julie Kunz and the legendary Lloyd Kaufman who provides an intro into the film.

The story is a simple urban legend with a twist at the end that provides some dark satirical relief. The film keeps with a serious, straight forward tone through most of the film. Kim Sønderholm is somewhat self analyzing but for the most part remains stoic. Siff Anderson brings in a little more energy with an “all in”, “play the game” attitude that balances the drama and character interactions. Both give pretty realistic performances in “Harvest”. Sønderholm and Martin Sonntag make a great team.

The special effects are a mix bag of tricks from splatter-gore heavy moments complete with body parts being shredded on screen. Not literally but just destroyed by the shear exploitative means used to give us our horror. The practical effects work at times and at other times look really fake or only barely effective. That will be a coin toss whether or not horror fans will go for it or not. For me personally there are enough moments when the effects do work for me to enjoy this short little morality nightmare.
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