Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1981
  • Genre:  Ghost & Spirit
  • Cast and crew: Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones, Lane Smith, Tonya Crowe, Larry Drake, Jocelyn Brando, Tom Taylor, Richard McKenzie, Ivy Jones, James Tartan, Ed Call, Alice Nunn, John Steadman, Dave Adams
  • Director:  Frank De Felitta
  • Screenwriter:  Butler Handcock, J.D. Feigelson

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Eloise = 4 / 10;
  • Raoul = 4 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.9 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 5.0 / 10;

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Synopsis:

Following an accident where a little girl was hurt, a group of 4 villagers decides to blame the local idiot and shoot him dead as he tries to hide in a scarecrow

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Review:

The movie is built on a typical revenge scenario, featuring an innocent retarded that get executed by a group of hateful redneck farmers. This scenario, a little like in another revenge movie such as I Spit On Your Grave, does a great job at making you hate the bad guys. The introduction scene is really well done and I cannot remember hating somebody so much since King Joffrey in Game of Thrones.

Logically, it is then a real delight to later see these ugly rednecks getting killed one after the others by machine, in a way strangely similar to how fate kills in the Final Destination franchise. The problem with that movie, however, comes from his slow pace. After the great introduction scene, there is virtually nothing happening until the final climax… The kills are also a disappointment, for nothing is shown and there isn’t a once of blood or special effect to be seen. As for the scarecrow itself, you almost never see him and never get to understand how the murders were exactly committed.

Considering the good rating that this movie has over the internet (6.7 on IMDb)…I must say that Dark Night of the Scarecrow came to me as a fair disappointment, a movie that proved both suspense-less and blood-less

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