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Dark Night of the Scarecrow [Import]

Charles Durning , Robert F. Lyons , Frank De Felitta    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still creepy after all these years. June 25 2004
By Anita
Format:VHS Tape
I remember this coming out on TV when I was in the 4th grade. It was very scary to me then, but even though it's not so scary now that I'm older, it still holds up as a really good creepy movie. I also remember the next day at school every kid was talking about it. Good stuff.
It amazes me how great made for TV movies were back then. I recently found out that the classic thriller "Duel" was also made for television. Wow.
Dark Night of The Scarecrow is among my favorites in the classic horror genre. I also think this movie was even good enough to have been released in theaters. So, if you are a fan of creepiness, then this film should make you happy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Joe Wizan and J.D. Feigelson presents "DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW" (24 October 1981) (96 mins/Color) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Don't leave this film out of your collection, as being made for television and it's not up to par for all of the thriller and suspense fans out there --- Just be prepared to disprove those rumors, as this well-acted little shocker inclusive top notch actors convey, especially Charles Durning, Tonya Crowe, as the little girl, Mary Lee does a superlative job with her acting, Jocelyn Brando (Marlon Brando's sister) and Larry Drake as the mentally challenged Bubba, are genuine with their performances --- You can feel the sense of dread and terror throughout within this idyllic rural setting --- Which in now transformed into a scene where fears are realized --- Not to mention the wind is always blowing leaves across a lonely road, the shadows seem especially deep, and as the title states, the night seems especially dark, just right for a "Scarecrow".

VCI gives us a clean & clear copy with many bonus and extras in this special release.

Under the production staff of:
Frank De Felitta [ Director]
J.D. Feigelson [Story/Screenwriter]
Butler Handcock [Story]
Bobbi Frank [Producer]
Janet Greek [Associate Producer]
Joe Wizan [Executive Producer]
Glenn Paxton [Original Score]
Vincent A. Martinelli [Cinematographer]
Skip Lusk [Film Editor]

BIOS:
1. Frank De Felitta [Director]
Date of Birth: 3 August 1921 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: Still Living

2. J.D. Feigelson
Date of Birth: 8 February 1941 - Beaumont, Texas
Date of Death: Still Living

3.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, Underrated Halloween Classic Nov. 6 2010
By Kasey G TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Dark Night of the Scarecrow" is the perfect Halloween movie for those who are fed-up with the over-the-top, ridiculous gore in fare like "Friday the 13th" or "Scream".

This is a quiet little TV-movie from 1981 that has garnered somewhat of a cult following over the years from its annual reruns on cable stations like TBS.

Charles Durning and a trio of small-town vigilantes execute the town simpleton Bubba Ritter after a young local girl named Marylee is hurt. They immediately learn that the mentally-challenged Bubba actually SAVED her life after a vicious dog attack. Though the judge declares them all innocent, Bubba's mother warns "There's other justice in this world besides the law!".

A series of strange events makes each of the murderers gradually come unglued until Durning himself is convinced little Marylee is responsible for all the bizarre accidents that are offing his cronies.

Though I like my horror movies to be based somewhat in reality, the ghostly and supernatural overtones of this movie didn't put me off at all. It's a highly-entertaining ride all the way through that never lags or bores, despite the low-key ambiance of the whole thing.

The visuals here are very interesting; Durning leers behind a skeleton decal on the window; wind blowing eerily through a dry wheat field; trash cans rolling through the street on a gusty night; the bright oranges and rusts of the pumpkin patch. All of these evoke a wonderful autumn atmosphere that makes this a Halloween classic.

The director also uses several clever cuts like when one character falls to his death into a wood chipper cuts to a dollop of strawberry preserves being plunked onto a dessert plate--brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Scarecrow Horror Movie...Great job by VCI Jan. 20 2011
By Detour
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The other reviewers have said it all, VCI has done an outstanding job with the release of this classic horror movie. Terrific picture, sound and extras.

As for the movie itself, DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW is a throwback to the days when chills, not gore, made a horror film. I believe this is the film that started the scarecrow-horror genre, but if it's not, it is certainly the best of them. As good as I remember, when seeing the premiere as a kid.

Great scares, solid acting and a creepy story combine for a film you won't want to watch alone...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
this movie is pretty hard to find,especially on DVD,and even on VHS.but
if you can ever catch it on TV,i think it's definitely worth a
watch.Dark Night of the Scarecrow may be over 25 years old,but for me,
it still stands the test of time as a horror film.The basic plot is
about a mentally challenged,harmless man who ends up accused of a crime
he didn't commit and becomes a victim of mob justice.all those who took
part in his killing realize their mistake,but make a pact to go to
their graves with their secret.and go to their graves they do,just
sooner they any of them expect.each meet their end through a series of
bizarre circumstances.this movie is low on gore but high on horror and
suspense. i think the music is brilliant,filling the movie with a sense
of dread and doom.The acting is well done by all,very understated,
keeping the focus on the events happening and less on the actors.this
movie is as suspenseful and even scary,as any movie made today,(though
i could be out to lunch with that opinion)and more than most
considering it does not rely on gore,but might just play with your
psyche.i know it played with mine. 4/5
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