Chris Sun follows up his 2012 film Daddy’s Little Girl, with a film that has neither the moral questions (not that the film really asked any) nor the relatable storyline of that film, welcome to Charlie’s Farm. The film does have little tension, no scares, a bag full of cliches and some outlandish (and very good) kills.
Sun has been reported as saying that he wanted to create a killer ala the big 4 Jason, Michael, Freddy and Leatherface for Australia whilst this film creates a monster it doesn’t surpass Wolf Creek and Mick Taylor as Australia’s bogeyman. Whilst Charlie is a heaving unit of brutality he lacks something that these top four had – the ability to create fear. In much the same way that Victor Crowley from the Hatchet series is just a non-stop killing machine, Charlie is nothing more than a caricature and despite having a back story, for me it just doesn’t work. That may not be the case with everyone of course as everyone is scared of different things but Charlie whilst being dangerous doesn’t inspire that fear.
I really wanted to like Charlie’s Farm and in some respects it is not a bad film but either through design or accident, the film never hits any heights. Chris Sun clearly loves the slasher sub genre but the film is littered with too many cliches to be considered anything more than a slow moving film with some fantastic gore.
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