Science Fiction and Horror seem to go hand in hand. There have been many great films over the years that are a combination of the two. Films like The Thing, Lifeforce, and Alien spring right into my mind. Well now director and writer Sebastian Gomez once again tries to combine both elements in the new release from the joint venture of Scream Factory and IFC. The film is Elizabeth Harvest.
Elizabeth Harvest is, well, about a young woman named Elizabeth. In the beginning we see her right after her wedding to her no husband Henry arriving to live in Henrys home. It’s a large home and Henry even employs two people to work in the home. Elizabeth is a true blushing bride who is spoiled by Henry. He buys her everything she wants and treats her like a queen and can do whatever she wants, except for one thing. She is not allowed to ever go into the locked room in Henrys basement.
Naturally she does go into the locked room and finds nothing but clones of herself. It freaks her out, but unfortunately for her Henry returns home and kills her. However one of the clones activates and when Henry goes after it the clone is able to kill him. Oliver, who is one of the people employed by Henry tells the Elizabeth clone that she needs to stay in the house with him so she won’t be arrested for murder. Naturally as the clone has memories implanted I her she soon begins searching out the reason for the clones and herself.
I don’t want to go further as I would spoil the film if I did. I can say the rest of the story is actually very good, and very original. I features an amazing performance from Abbey Lee as, well, a few different Elizabeth’s. She conveys everything so well that the film never seems to get to ridiculous for its own good. Unfortunately as compelling as the story is the film muddles along at an incredibly slow pace. It has a runtime of close to an hour and fifty minutes and it feels very long in the tooth come about the midway point.
The transfer looks as great as you would expect and it even has a few special features.
“The Making of Elizabeth Harvest: featurette
As I said the story is great so the science fiction fans will no doubt get a kick out of the film, as well as the twist. Horror fans, like myself may find the film a bit long after a while. It’s a good film, it just needed to end quicker.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars!