Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

dark night of the scarecrowDark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Directed by: Frank De Felitta

Starring: Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones


I have seen so many horror movies that take place on farms that I basically consider it a subgenre. Seriously, what is so fucking scary about a farm? I guess there are a lot of big machines that can rip bodies apart and also apparently every farm has an insane inbred murderer as a standard feature. In any case, Dark Night of the Scarecrow is just another example of that kind of movie.

A posse of small-town yokels tie a retarded guy up to a stake, dress him as a scarecrow, and shoot him thirty times because they think he killed a little girl, when in fact she just got injured and the victim actually saved her life. Oops. Well, as is the case in horror movies, the killers get off scot free from the law, so the supernaturally animated corpse has to take revenge into his own hands and kills them all off one by one.

Yep, pretty standard stuff. There’s a slew of 70’s TV actors in here, so it’s competently done but nothing special about that either. Not really any creative deaths either, not counting the bizarre way the bad guys kill the innocent guy. Like, really the only reason anyone would do that would be so he could come back as a scarecrow and haunt them.

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