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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy little made-for-television gem., 27 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Dark Night of the Scarecrow [DVD] [1981] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is probably the best movie to watch on Halloween. Though not terribly frightening or bloody, it has the feel of a classic old time horror movie that just feels good to watch on Halloween, much like Night of the Living Dead does. The movie initially focuses on Bubba (played by the always great Larry Drake), a mentally challenged man in a small Midwestern town. He has a very close friendship with a young girl named Mary Lee. One day while they are playing as usual, Mary Lee gets attacked by a dog, and Bubba comes to her rescue. Bubba then is shocked and then holds her almost lifeless body in his arms saying "Bubba didn't do it!" to her mother. Immediately, the whole town thinks that Bubba did do it. A group of four local men, led by the town mailman Otis (Charles Durning) and known for having been very cruel to Bubba in the past, decide to deal with Bubba in their own personal way. The mob eventually tracks poor Bubba down in a field where he is hiding by masquerading as a scarecrow. Before they even give Bubba a chance they unload on him with their guns and kill him. Immediately after doing so, they get a call on the radio saying the girl is okay and that Bubba actually saved her life!. The mob, in an effort to save themselves and hide their evil deed, make their murder look like self-defense by placing a pitchfork in Bubba's lifeless hands. The killing goes to trial but all four men are found not guilty. But soon things start turning bad as it seems like Bubba is back from the grave to seek revenge. All of the men believe they got off free and clear, and swear an oath of secrecy. It's no going to work though as they start to die one by one in horrible ways made to look like farming accidents. Dark Night of the Scarecrow is a great horror movie, originally made for TV back in the eighties. The acting from the cast was truly great especially from Larry Drake's character Bubba whom you really end up feeling sorry for, Lane Smith and Charles Durning were also terrific as the typical and narrow minded locals from a small town. The suspense and atmosphere are perfectly developed here and the rising sense of paranoia and the "whodunit" factor really make Dark Night of the Scarecrow a horror movie that gets your attention and keeps it for the duration right up to the final scene, there was never a dull moment despite the fact that the film didn't have any gore or blood but still had some tense moments. I highly recommend this great horror flick and two thumbs up.
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Initial post: 2 Feb 2011 17:30:52 GMT
SIMON64 says:
Thanks for a well written and comprehensive review. I am going to order this right now.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2011 14:47:55 GMT
Puzzle box says:
Your welcome Simon64, I hope you enjoy the film.

Posted on 27 Aug 2011 23:37:36 BDT
I had heard positive reviews for this for a long time and was pleased to buy it when it finally was released. Although no gore it doesn't really need it as it relies on suspense and has a great creepy feel. Another made for tv type horror i'm still waiting for release too is "The Town That Dreaded Sundown". That was another great creepy lesser known horror.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2011 08:29:33 BDT
Puzzle box says:
Yes thanks J.M, I'm glad you bought that up. The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a great 70's horror gem, apparently it was based on a true story. lets hope they release it not only on dvd but a special Blu-ray edition.

Posted on 3 Sep 2011 12:51:07 BDT
I ordered this film as so many people had put great reviews for it... I often like cult little movies that are not universally liked by everyone, so I thought this would be my bag, well I think you had to be there to see it in the 80's, I was watching hoping it was going to get scary but it just didn't, it was like a daytime movie for afternoon viewing... not anything like the reviews, very dissapointed... Will be dropping it off at the exchange shops...

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2012 11:45:30 BDT
LONE WOLF says:
Good review never heard of this film before purchased this originaly on DVD will be upgrading to blu-ray
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