Synopsis: In a small town, a wrongfully killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him beyond the grave.
Tagline: What has this girl done that is driving the town mad? What is the terrible act people are about to commit? And who is the only person who can save her?
Release Date: 1981-10-24 | MPAA Rating: Unrated | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Trailer: Dark Night of the Scarecrow
Dark Night of the Scarecrow Review
Well, it has a one sentence synopsis AND its a made-for-TV movie. This was either going to be bad or horrible.
Within the first fifteen minutes, I got the strong feeling this was a Frankenstein re-telling, but with a developmentally disabled adult man instead of a monster. Developmentally-disabled man saves a little girl’s life, things get twisted, he gets dead by a posse after he tells his momma what happened, and he ends up hiding as a scarecrow in a field. After he gets dead, he comes back to exact revenge in ways that, if this movie was made in the past ten years, would have turned the film into veritable gore-fest.
Completely over-acted (Well, its a T.V. movie, so what do you expect?), definitely showing its age, and with extremely little blood shown for as many ‘gory’ things that happen in it, Dark Night of the Scarecrow is a fine addition to cult horror movies. That’s right, this movie officially falls into the “So bad, it’s good” category. I highly recommend copious amounts of over-buttered popcorn, a large fizzy of your choice, as you watch this fine piece of overly dramatic fiction. Just time your bites/drinks carefully. There was more than one time where I bust out laughing at how bad something was.
Probably the most notable thing about this film was the presence of Lane Smith. One of those actors better known as “Hey, its that guy!” Lane’s most notable role was as the boss of the paper in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Overall, it really is just a fun watch, and one worth adding to your movie collection because you just don’t get content like this anymore! Click here to buy Dark Night of the Scarecrow now on Amazon.