Cloris Leachman’s (Fox’s “Raising Hope”) thriller The Fields is coming to Blu-Ray (SRP $29.99) and DVD (SRP $24.99) from Breaking Glass Pictures (5 Star Day, Cropsey, The Living Wake). Written by Harrison Smith (Six Degrees of Hell) and directed by Tom Mattera and David Mazzoni (cult favorite The 4th Dimension), the film also stars Tara Reid (American Reunion) and newcomer Joshua Ormond (Sundance hit Robot and Frank).
Based on actual events, The Fields follows a young boy named Steven during the summer of 1973. Steven (Ormond) is sent to live in the Pennsylvania countryside with his grandparents while his mother (Reid) and father (Faust Checho) work through their marital troubles. Though his grandmother (Leachman) and grandfather (Bev Appleton) are happy to host him, they warn Steven not to enter the cornfields next to their house.
Meanwhile, Steven hears news of the notorious Manson Family and their gruesome killing spree. He develops a morbid fascination with the murderous cult and at the same time he can't help but be drawn into the mysterious cornfields. Eventually he enters the fields, where he makes a terrible discovery. Then, menacing noises begin haunting the family from outside at night and soon turn to violence. Though Steven's family tries to protect him, whatever's lurking in the fields is about to make their lives a living nightmare.
The Fields enjoyed critical acclaim and audience approval on the festival circuit. Among its awards are: Erie Film Festival (Winner Best Directors, Best Actress for Leachman), Terror Film Festival (Best Feature, Best Actress for Leachman, Best Emerging Actor for Ormond), Philadelphia Terror Film Festival (Best Picture, Sound Design, Score, Emerging Actor for Ormond), and the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival (Best Picture).
Film Threat gave The Fields four stars and called it “American gothic suspense at its subtle best.” The Blunt Film Review called it “brilliant,” promising “this film is gonna scare the b’jesus out of you,” and The Independent Critic hailed it as “a heady and complex thriller.”
The DVD and Blu-Ray will hit shelves on April 24, loaded with special features including a making-of documentary, behind-the-scenes footage, hilarious Leachman outtakes, interviews with the real people involved, and clips from the world premiere.
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