When Jean de Crevecoeur penned Letters from an American Farmer in 1782, he took something of an anthropological approach, describing the economy, the world, and the daily trappings of the 18th century American farmer. What Crevecoeur did not foresee, however, was that such a high percentage of farmers would become serial killers. Just look at this list of horror movies that feature murderous farmers:
The Cottage (2008)
Starring Reece Shearsmith of League of Gentlemen fame, The Cottage does a wonderful job of blending gore, thrills, humor, and horror. And it never would have succeeded without an ax-wielding maniac in overalls.
Motel Hell (1980)
Not only is the murderer in the film a farmer- he’s harvesting people and turning them into “fritters”. He’s using his farming skills for evil instead of good. The film is most notable for presenting cinema’s best ever pig-mask-guy-with-chainsaw scene.
Apparently, this film also goes by the title Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile. Guess what it’s about? It’s based on the Ed Gein tale, in Wisconsin, featuring a serial killer farmer who can’t have a normal dating life because he’s plagued by his dead oppressive mother. There’s a healthy dose of laughs in here- Wisconsinites with southern accents, the film’s narrator standing in the room narrating as the action is taking place, etc…
The Crazies (2010)
With a rural setting, there was no way to avoid having a heapin’ helpin’ of farmers in the film. The film’s poster art even features a pitchfork. The first farmer shows up in the first 10 minutes, setting the tone for a surprisingly suspenseful film.
Mad at the Moon (1992)
A low-budget horror film from the early 90’s, Mad at the Moon was about what any horror movie with “moon” in the title is about- werewolves. And in this case, said werewolf is a farmer. It starred Daphne Zuniga (a.k.a. Princess Vespa from Spaceballs).
Deadly Blessing (1981)
In the interest of full disclosure, I haven’t seen this. But I have to see this as soon as possible. It features Sharon Stone, Ernest Borgnine as an amish guy, a murderous tractor, and what sounded a lot like zombie chickens in the description I found. Even more puzzling, the New York Times review I found for it from 1981 actually gave it a positive review… and yet, Borgnine got a Razzie nomination that year for his part in the madness. When I get around to this, I’ll be sure to do it up right with a proper review.