Monday, October 31, 2016

NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW

Night of the Scarecrow Movie Review

The Goodman family once crucified an evil warlock, crucified him, and stole his book. The warlock has now returned, in the form of a scarecrow, to seek revenge on the family and retrieve his book, which will give him unlimited--and unstoppable--powers. The Goodman family features an interesting cast, including Stephen Root (Office Space, O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Dirk Blocker (son of Dan Blocker of Bonanza fame), and Bruce Glover (father of Crispin). Speaking of actors you will likely recognize, future Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (Identity, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer) appears as Danny, the town troublemaker (and presumably a teenager, though the actor was around 34 years old when this was shot). The scarecrow is scary enough looking, but in a most peculiar way.

I hate it when I lose a button too

The acting ranges from pretty good to fairly awful--unfortunately, the worst of the actors are probably the two leads, Elizabeth Barondes as Claire and John Mese as Dillon, The dialogue also leaves a lot to be desired here--Claire, in one of the most predictable hero one-liners, even quotes The Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz at one point. What makes this movie so enjoyable, however, are the memorable death scenes. We see everything from farm equipment being used to slice and dice to somebody being killed by straw--from the inside.

And what is about to happen here is awesome

This low budget 1995 film has, in many ways, flown under the horror radar for over twenty years, but it has long been a favorite of mine, and ranks among the better horror films of the 90s. Night of the Scarecrow is not a great movie, and it likely won't scare you out of your boots, but this is a really fun movie to watch and one I recommend. 

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7


Night of the Scarecrow Movie Trailer

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