Harvesters (2001) from Tuna

Harvesters is a low budget production with actresses cast more for their bust size than any acting ability, and actors who couldn't get a walk-on in a High School production. The plot was so good, however, that I was sucked in despite the obvious problems.

It starts with a small gang who specialize in robbing convenience stores in small towns, and a pair of federal marshals who are trying to catch them. The leader is an ex-marine hand-to-hand and explosives specialist and lesbian, and the rest of the gang are junkie hangers-on. A hold-up goes wrong, and they kidnap a motorist and invade her home. Little do they realize that the quiet conservative family has been killing people and harvesting their organs for sale for 30 years. Of course, the marshals show up to add to the fun, and the surprise ending is fantastic.

If only this one could have been made with a much higher budget.

Scoop's notes in yellow:

Don Dohler must be the most specialized writer in history. Here is a description of his previous movie, Blood Massacre.


Erin Palmisano as one of the daughters shows breasts and buns in a bath scene, including a dream sequence where she is bathing in blood.
"A group of four thugs invade a family home. The family turns out to be a bunch of Cannibals. The nice old Mom and Pa slash up a local cop. They decapitate and slash the robbers and severely mutilate the star. The family turns out to be sick looking aliens too!"
So there you have the ultimate specialty - he only has one movie plot, which he keeps making again and again.  

The Critics Vote

The People Vote ...

  • with their votes: IMDB summary. IMDb voters score it 7.0/10
  • with their dollars: straight to video
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C+.

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