Story: A group of friends has embarked on a road trip, to pay tribute to a lost friend by spreading his ashes back in his hometown. The trek takes them into some rural, isolated stretches and as luck has it, the group runs into some car trouble. Now the friends are stranded, but at least the area seems rather quiet. But of course, that quiet hides a darkness that claimed countless lives, as the corn worshipping cult of children remains in place here. When violence begins to crop up all around them, the friends think they need to save the children, unaware of their involvement in the events. Can anyone escape the wrath of He Who Walks Behind the Rows, or is this just another season of sacrifice?

Entertainment Value: The fifth installment in this franchise continues the downward trend of the fourth, with a few worthwhile moments, but not much else to speak of. The narrative is predictable and does nothing to add to the lore or add some fresh paint, as the story is just basic in all aspects. Perhaps even a couple of minor creative tweaks could have spiced this up, but instead, it is dull throughout. The lackluster script also leads to wasted talent on the cast, as Fields of Terror has some interesting casting choices, but those performers are given little to do. David Carradine tries a little, but is limited by the material, while Fred Williamson is also unable to get the script to work. They’re joined by Eva Mendes, Ahmet Zappa, Kane Hodder, and Alexis Arquette, so this is a more than solid ensemble, I just wish the writers had provided more for them to sink their teeth into, as this cast could have done a lot with better material. I wouldn’t call this the worst of the films in this series, but I was let down and can’t muster much of a recommendation here.

No time for nakedness, only corn in this one. There is some violence of course, though not as much as I’d like and when there is some action, not much creative energy is on showcase. So some minor splashes of the red stuff, but I wish this would have been a little wilder and had more thought put into the various kills. Some of the highlights include trauma by machete, hook, drill, and of course, supernatural corn. I think creative, memorable kills can make a huge difference in a movie like this, so its a shame its all so mundane here. The dialogue is basic here for the most part, with a couple of humorous or campy exchanges, but not enough to move the needle much. This is a real disappointment, since the cast here could have chewed some scenery if fed the right kind of material. David Carradine alone could have worked some magic here, if he had even passable writing to draw from, but even he struggles to make this material work. Not a lot of insane moments in Fields of Terror, but we do have a cornfield beatdown, the wacky possessed corn, and one scene that really stands out. About an hour in, an epic scene unfolds and while it is brief, it is the single wildest moment in the franchise to this point, from my perspective. I wish there were a few more scenes like this or at least ones where the filmmakers went for broke.

Nudity: 0/10

Blood: 2/10

Dialogue: 1/10

Overall Insanity: 2/10

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