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Yard Work


Written by: David Koepp
Narrated by: Kevin Bacon
Genres: Horror | Short Stories | Quiet
Published: 31st of August, 2020
Length: 1 Hours 54 Minutes


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This wasn’t the plan. Judge Herman Calvert, eighty-eight, never thought he’d outlive his beloved wife, Marie.

Yet now he finds himself alone, a grieving widower, desperate for escape from the home they built together, where every turn brings a painful reminder of his late wife.

So the judge retreats to his lake cabin in rural Wisconsin, a place where an old man can find peace and solitude. A place where nature can take its course.

But something new has moved in.

The judge’s property is crawling with Persicaria perfoliata, an invasive vine that has no earthly business in Wisconsin lake country. And this plant has teeth. Its barbs and tendrils have snaked deep into the ground, choking the life out of everything they touch, including the old oak tree he and Marie planted on their honeymoon.

If the judge doesn’t do something, fast, the vine will take everything he has left. And it won’t stop there. He believes it’s after him.


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Reviewed: 2020-10-04

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I couldn't not use that review title once I'd thought of it. Kevin Bacon narrates this short story by David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds etc etc etc) about a retired judge (Herman) who's adrift in the world after his wife has died.

After Herman moves permanently to his lake house, he finds his memories of the place are being slowly choked to death by mile-a-minute, though the way it's described sounds more of some mutant strain. Enraged at the vine, the judge takes matters into his own hands to reclaim the trees, while getting slowly torn apart by the process as the thorns dig in and take root in his psyche.

What follows is the poor guy's descent into madness as he grapples with the big momma vine that's killing the tree he and his late wife planted on their honeymoon. The vine is not willing to go without a fight though, and will seemingly do whatever it takes to stop Herman.

Kevin Bacon, naturally, delivers a stellar performance of this creepy, almost science-fictiony horror tale. Certainly will be on my mind next time I'm weeding the garden, that's for sure!



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