Dark Night of the Scarecrow [Import]
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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.
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]
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
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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!Read more ›
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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I think this film is the best of the television horror films. I remember being terrified by this movie, Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, Bad Ronald and The Car when I would watch them... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Keith Little
This made-for-TV movie has an after-school special feel to it but is worth watching if you like "retro" horror movies from the 70s and 80s with slightly stilted acted (I'm... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2013 by Lexikal
On the good side, the restoration of the picture quality is excellent throughout. For a movie originally produced in 1981 I was most impressed. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2012 by Geoff Carter
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