Review by Dan Skip Allen
The horror genre has been around for many decades. This genre has had a lot of variations with it during that period. The horror genre has kept being relevant because it has so many filmmakers that create original visions and fresh takes on horror. Escape the Field is another horror film with a unique spin on familiar ideas. This take on the genre was very interesting and had me intrigued throughout this nail-biting thriller.
The premise is that six people, three women and three men, wake up in a field with six different items. The items consist of a revolver with one bullet, a sleeve of matches, a knife, a lantern, a compass, and a water flask. These six items help the six individuals in their journey to escape the field. As they are trying to figure out how to escape the cornfield, they realize something or someone is hunting them. They are in a race to survive or die.
This film had some excellent camera work that kept the characters in focus but kept the viewer wondering what was happening. The lighting was good as well. The film could have been dark and confusing for those watching, but the film was easy to follow because of the strong lighting. The characters were also very engaging. The visuals, as in the blood and so forth, looked pretty cool. This genre had to have all of these things go right.
The cast is full of relative nobodies, except for a couple of actors who have been in a few things in their careers. Theo Rossi (Luke Cage, Army of the Dead) is pretty cool as a man who helps a doctor. They work well together. Jordan Claire-Robbins hasn't been in as many things as Rossi, but she leads this film. They both are thrust into the forefront of the story, and the film is better for that.
This film could keep an audience interested for the hour and a half runtime. It isn't very long, which is a good thing. The film has some exciting twists and mysteries for the characters to uncover, which the viewers watching can play along with, similar to Escape Room or its sequel. As far as groundbreaking horror films go, this one isn't that, but it's not awful either. It might be a good date night movie for couples looking for a mindless way to pass the time.
Escape the Field hits theaters and VOD on May 6.