Dark Harvest – USA, 1992

‘Death reaps what you sow…’

Dark Harvest is a 1992 American horror feature film written and directed by James I. Nicholson (story writer for Prison Planet). It stars David ZylerJamee Natella and Debbie O’Der.

A broken down van strands a group of college students in the middle of the desert. Forced to hike their way out, they unwittingly enter a sacred Native American burial ground…

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“Visibly cheap, with horrendous audio issues and charming, albeit shoddy effects work, Dark Harvest is a mess of a movie that doesn’t make a lot of sense. But there’s something really enjoyable about watching evil scarecrows hunting down unlikable characters and attacking them with farming equipment.” Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher

Dark Harvest is a bad film, filled with amateur-level talent in every department… and yet, for some strange reason I did not hate it with every fiber of my being. Maybe that’s because killer scarecrow movies are far and few between, so you take what you get.” Anthony Arrigo, Dread Central

“Shot on what appears to be a camcorder with no windscreen on the microphone, this one has a few cheap thrills in addition to the occasional splash of gore like a sex scene in a chicken coop, stilted acting class performances galore, a greasy gun-toting hillbilly, and lines like “You’re supposed to be our damn guide! You can’t get lost!” Nathaniel Thomson, Mondo Digital


“You’d imagine the splatter to finally steal the show here, but that’s not quite the case: instead, the real highlights involve a hilarious payoff to the engaged couple’s prolonged bickering, and a cave excursion that holds an impromptu bullshit mythology to explain the scarecrows. To the end, Dark Harvest is delightful in ways you’re not likely to expect given the premise.” Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!


” …if low budget camcorder epics are your thing, you’ll find a lot to like here. Underneath the dialogue that you can’t quite understand is a pretty cool homemade score and the movie offers up lots of quality boobs and cheapjack gore. The killer scarecrows themselves are pretty rubbery looking but atmospheric and creepy in their own low budget way.” Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!

Digital release:

On May 30, 2017, Intervision Picture Corp. released the film on DVD double-billed with Escapes

  • Patti Negri Remembers Dark Harvest
  • Dan Weiss Remembers Dark Harvest Via Video Skype
  • Distributor Tom Naygrow on David Steensland, Writer/Director of Escapes


Paul Moore’s 2004 film Dark Harvest appears to be a loose remake.

IMDb | Image credits: Mondo Digital


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