FERTILE GROUND. 2010. DIRECTED BY ADAM GIERASCH. STARRING LEISHA HAILEY, GALE HAROLD, CHELCIE ROSS AND JONELL KENNEDY. REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©
I bought this film because of the spookily suggestive title and the picture of the broken, bloodstained skull on the cover of the DVD box. I also asked a friend to watch it with me because the film had the words ‘truly petrifying’ underneath the picture of the skull.
I was clearly expecting to be scared out of my wits, haha. Unfortunately, the movie didn’t actually live up to its own hype, in that I was never really scared even once throughout it, but I still found it an interesting enough watch with a good little twist at the end. Here’s the deal, plot-wise.
Emily and Nate Weaver are a youngish American couple who are expecting their first child. Emily, however, miscarries horribly in the middle of a dinner party. This, for me, was in fact the most frightening and distressing scene in the film. It was certainly the most bloody.
After the miscarriage, Emily and Nate relocate from the city to Nate’s ancestral home in literally the middle of nowhere. Their terrific old house is surrounded by nothing but fields. I’m not sure that leaving all her friends so far behind her is the best thing for Emily under the circumstances but, hey, they obviously didn’t take my opinion into account when they were making their half-assed plans…
The Weavers get settled into their new house. Nate, an artist, prepares for his upcoming exhibition. Emily decides to start designing dresses again, though she never seems to get any farther than installing her mannequins in a front bedroom.
She pokes about a little bit in the history of their house, too, because she’s been seeing ghostly figures around the place who are clearly the married couple who occupied the house in the mid-1800’s. Also, the skull of a woman from that very period turns up in the plumbing and freaks poor Emily out no end.
It’s the skull on the cover of the DVD box, incidentally, the one that convinced me that I was in for a bone-chilling evening of thrills and spills. Emily decides that it must belong to Nate’s aunt, the ghostly woman she’s been seeing around the house. Nate, busy with his art and possibly even with his art agent, an unpleasant woman called Risa, doesn’t want to know about Emily’s fears and insecurities.
Nate seems to be changing, in fact, ever since he moved to the new house. He’s distant and offhand and he doesn’t even seem to care too much when Emily gets pregnant again, despite the fact that the doctors had all told her that a second pregnancy was more or less an impossibility. It’s the house that did it, I thought excitedly. It has to be, look at the title! Was I right…? I ain’t sayin’.
Any-hoo, Nate’s changing attitudes and behaviour take on a sinister significance when Emily discovers that all the women who’ve lived in the house before her have died violent deaths. Is Nate gearing up to commit a gruesome atrocity, or is Emily just another hysterical pregnant woman…? You know the drill, folks. You’ll have to watch the film to find out.
Sadly, there’s not much atmosphere in the movie and it doesn’t do much to warrant its 18’s certificate. It’s a great concept and the house is certainly the perfect place for ghosties and ghoulies to congregate in but, as I’ve already said, I didn’t exactly die of fear while watching FERTILE GROUND.
It’s by no means rubbish, though, and it’s still worth a watch for all fans of ‘Haunted House’ horror flicks. If I was a wee bit disappointed, well then, it serves me right for judging a DVD by its brilliant cover photo, haha…
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF SANDRA HARRIS.
Sandra Harris is a Dublin-based performance poet, novelist, film blogger, sex blogger and short story writer. She has given more than 200 performances of her comedy sex-and-relationship poems in different venues around Dublin, including The Irish Writers’ Centre, The International Bar, Toners’ Pub (Ireland’s Most Literary Pub), the Ha’penny Inn, Le Dernier Paradis at the Trinity Inn and The Strokestown Poetry Festival.
Her articles, short stories and poems have appeared in The Metro-Herald newspaper, Ireland’s Big Issues magazine, The Irish Daily Star, The Irish Daily Sun and The Boyne Berries literary journal. In August 2014, she won the ONE LOVELY BLOG award for her (lovely!) horror film review blog. She is addicted to buying books and has been known to bring home rain-washed tomes she finds on the street and give them a home.
She is the proud possessor of a pair of unfeasibly large bosoms. They have given her- and the people around her- infinite pleasure over the years. She adores the horror genre in all its forms and will swap you anything you like for Hammer Horror or JAWS memorabilia. She would also be a great person to chat to about the differences between the Director’s Cut and the Theatrical Cut of The Wicker Man. You can contact her at:
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