Harvest Moon (2007) – By Brian Morton

 Every once in a while, an indie movie will come along that really surprises me. No, not because it’s good, but because it’s so much better than most of the indie productions out there and that’s the case with the new movie from Cedar Street Productions called Harvest Moon.

The story here is really great, the Baldini family has owned orchards for generations, well, a generation back, their apples really became a gourmet treat because their taste was so much better than other apples, and the reason for that is such a secret that the orchard was moved to a remote location to keep other apple growers from learning the secret. Now, after a series of family tragedies, a new generation of Baldini finds himself in the apple business and has asked his girlfriend and her friends to come to the remote orchard to help with the harvest. Once they arrive, things get a little strange, the only farm hand on the property is a giant hulking man who seems to follow the owners orders to the exception of all else, and, when people start going missing, it becomes apparent that something very strange is going on in the Baldini orchards!

Director/actor Brent Nowak has crafted a movie that, while dark at times, really has the feel of an updated Texas Chainsaw in his own style…and, if your not a horror movie fan, that’s a compliment. Harvest Moon may be one of the most original horror movies that I’ve seen in quite some time, and the end leaves you wondering what will happen next and how long can this go on?? It’s really one of the best indie horror movies of the year! I’m giving it four out of four cigars because I can’t give it five! If you’d like to check it out for yourself, drop by Cedar Street Productions web site to find out how to get a copy for yourself. So, until next time, when I’ll be growing my own tomatoes with a secret ingredient (hint: it’s a ‘home-made’ fertilizer), remember that the best movies are bad movies.