DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW

   This 1981 made-for-TV thriller is easily as gripping and terrifying as anything released theatrically that year.

   A vigilante group led by a positively creepy Charles Durning track down a mentally challenged man accused of attacking a young girl. Finding the man hiding in a field as a scarecrow, they execute him without mercy then find out the truth, that he in fact saved the girl from what was actually a savage dog attack.

   Once the killers beat the rap in court, each of them meet an early and grisly demise always in the presence of a certain scarecrow leading to a very dramatic ending.

   Even though this was a television movie (the killings are mostly off camera) the pacing and incredibly tight sense of dread make Dark Night Of The Scarecrow one of the best horror flicks of the 80's.

Or any other decade.

 

Robert Lawson  2010.

Here's the original trailer

  Two years after it's debut on any home video format, one of the early 80's greatest made-for-TV thrillers gets re-released as a deluxe collector's edition.

  What does that involve?
   Two excellant bonus featurettes have been added to the package. "Bubba Didn't Do It: 30 Years Of The Scarecrow" a terrific 34 minute behind the scenes look at the making of the film featuring interviews with many of the creators and cast, "Dark Night Of The Scarecrow Cast Reunion Q&A" shot at the 2011 Frightfest Fil Festival in Louisville, KY is 46 minutes of actors Larry Drake and Tonya Crowe and writer J.D. Feigelson discussing the film and it's impact with a group of fans. There's also a new behind the scenes photo gallery.

   These new supplementary features are essential viewing for fans of this near perfect and still quite chilling little film.

RL 2012.