Night of the Scarecrow
|Night of the Scarecrow|
|Directed by||Jeff Burr|
|Written by||Reed Steiner
|Music by||Jim Manzie|
|Cinematography||Thomas L. Callaway|
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
|Release dates||August 8, 1995|
|Running time||85 min.|
In order for a town to prosper and have a successful harvest, the citizens made a deal with a warlock. When the people found out that the warlock was sexually preying on the town's women, they murdered him and buried his bones, which resulted in his ghost being confined to a scarecrow.
Centuries pass and the warlock's ghost rises from the field as a scarecrow, when it is planned for a mall to be placed there. The scarecrow begins murdering the family of the mayor, William Goodman, who is responsible for the construction. The Goodman family is killed off in various ways.
- Elizabeth Barondes: Claire Goodman
- John Mese: Dillon
- Stephen Root: Uncle Frank/The Sherriff
- Bruce Glover: Uncle Thaddeus
- Dirk Blocker: Uncle George
- Howard Swain: The Scarecrow
- Gary Lockwood: Mayor Goodman
- John Hawkes: Danny Thompson
- William Joseph Barker: Kyle
- Martine Beswick: Barbara
- Cristi Harris: Stephanie
While Variety wrote that the director "has more luck with physical scenes than he does with coaxing inspired performances out of his actors", Blu-ray.com wrote that the director "stages things very effectively and gets some good performances out of a game cast." A reviewer for DVD Talk did not like the "inept circa-1995 CGI".
Eric Hansen of Variety wrote of the film and its original VHS release, "A moderately exciting, average monster movie with good production values and a few good ideas, “Night of the Scarecrow” looks to have its longest life on homevideo." A review for TV Guide says, "A healthy dose of directorial style and energy makes this prosaic low-budget chiller a tense, entertaining diversion."
Adam Tyner, writing for DVD Talk, said "It's kind of interesting seeing some of the familiar faces in the cast, and Night of the Scarecrow does trot out a few really nice looking setpieces, but none of that's enough to salvage this limp, lifeless, uninspired, instantly forgettable slasher flick. Skip It."
The original video release was in 1995 on VHS, distributed by Republic Pictures. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Olive Films in 2013, with the same special features – an audio commentary with director Jeff Burr, a making of video, and a picture gallery.
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