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Body Farm | Average Guy Movie Review

An independent film company sends a videographer ahead of a story to investigate a body farm where human decomposition is researched. The footage she sends back leads the rest of her team to follow her footsteps to uncover a grisly medical abyss.

As you can probably guess from the title, this is not a tale of happiness and wonder. Nope, the appropriately named Body Farm is body horror in its truest form, and rather gory at that! Clearly a great deal of creativity has gone into the make-up and gore effects. They are striking in their realism. Needless to say, this is not a movie you want to watch during breakfast... or lunch, or diner. Unfortunately the same cannot always be said of the plot, which is your typical horror movie fare. One in which a bunch of guys - the kind you will only find in a horror movie - visit a place they probably shouldn't. And even though everything they see screams "leave and never come back" - something to which the aforementioned gore effects certainly contribute - they continue on down this nightmarish rabbit hole.

Despite the standard horror movie plot, however, Brandon Keenan and Nick LaMantia (writer/director and director, on top of their starring roles) still manage to imbue Body Farm with an air of mystery. Fair to say there are a few surprises up the proverbial sleeve, not to mention a rather chilling vibe. Thanks to the up close and personal filming style, as well as some rather enclosed sets, the movie has a real sense of the claustrophobic. At times it can feel like you're trapped on the body farm along with our favourite videographers. That combined with the generally good performances make the gang's activities strangely compelling, as they explore this rather creepy facility.

The simplest way to describe Body Farm would be 'Marmite' - you'll either love it or hate it. But with its excellent make-up effects and claustrophobia-inducing shooting style, fans of the genre will find it to be a particularly chilling and gory nightmare.


Body Farm is available to watch on TCL and Plex.

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