Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 78% (Audience)
Directed By: Chris Sun
Written By: Chris Sun
Starring: Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Kane Hodder
Studio: Shoreline Entertainment
Synopsis: In an effort to do something different, four friends head into Australia’s outback to explore Charlie’s Farm, the site where a violent family met their end at the hands of an angry mob. Despite all warnings, they persist in their horror-seeking adventure. – (Source)
Nathan Jones makes quite the imposing figure as the titular farm owner and if the plan is to create a new slasher icon then you could do a lot worse than casting a guy who is 7 foot, 300lb former power lifter and pro wrestler. The folks making the new FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot really should give Mr. Jones a call.
And to this film’s credit the kills are really fun in a brutal kinda way. Like THIS ONE for example.
Fun kills aside, this movie was just really bad in every other way. The characters all were totally forgettable and didn’t engender even the most minute amount of affection from me so that when they died I didn’t really care. The back-story for Charlie was stupid and the actual flashback to his origins annoyed the holy hell out of me with the most obnoxious combination of bad directing and over-acting I have seen in a while.
And the movie ended so abruptly as if the production ran out of money or lost the actual ending in a fire or something.
It still amazes me at just how bad an actress Tara Reid actually is. I mean she is hysterically bad at delivering any of her lines convincingly and she does the absolute worst movie crying ever.
Final Verdict: A valiant attempt to add a new member to the slasher horror club of villains like Freddy and Jason, and Nathan Jones certainly has potential, but CHARLIE’S FARM ultimately is a pretty forgettable slasher film that has a few moments of fun gruesomeness but cannot sustain that feeling through the entirety of the film.