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Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror  -  24 October 1981 (USA)
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In a small town, a wrongfully killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him beyond the grave.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Otis P. Hazelrigg
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Skeeter Norris
Claude Earl Jones ...
Philby
Lane Smith ...
Harless Hocker
Tonya Crowe ...
Marylee Williams
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Bubba Ritter
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Mrs. Ritter
Tom Taylor ...
D.A. Sam Willock
Richard McKenzie ...
Judge Henry
Ivy Jones ...
Mrs. Willams
James Tartan ...
Mr. Williams (as Jim Tartan)
Ed Call ...
Defense Attorney
Alice Nunn ...
Mrs. Bunch
John Steadman ...
Mr. Loomis
Dave Adams ...
Deputy (as David Adams)
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A retarded man is unjustly accused of attacking a young girl. Disguised as a scarecrow, he hides in a cornfield, only to be hunted down and shot. Later, after it is revealed he saved the girl from a vicious dog attack, members of the search posse are killed by a mysterious scarecrow. Written by Patchy Groundfog <strat@ix.netcom.com>Nanners <nancy_pratt98531@yahoo.com>

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The Original Classic

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Horror

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24 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vingança do Espantalho  »

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Three of the guns didn't work when the posse shoots Bubba to death. See more »

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When the postman is stabbed to death at the end, he grabs his gut and looks down at himself. There are no holes in his shirt. See more »

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Otis P. Hazelrigg: Bubba didn't tell you that, Bubba didn't tell you anything. Bubba's dead.
Marylee Williams: I know.
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Creepy little made-for-television gem
22 December 2001 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Frank DeFelitta, who also happened to write the novel Audrey Rose, turned to directing for this 1981 horror fantasy. The film opens with an eerie credit roll set on a pastel-colored windmill backdrop, and this is when we first hear the film's unforgettabley chilling score. Twenty years after seeing this film for the first time, I can still play it over in my head. The film soon progresses to its undeniably clever storyline, which I won't bother describing in detail as that has been done for me by previous reviewers. The atmosphere of this film is almost unbearably suspenseful at times, and the fact that we never see even a far-off image of the murderous culprit during the film adds to the creepiness. Charles Durning gives one of his best performances as the selfish, provincial mailman who is stalked by a vengeful killer. This film is best viewed alone late at night!


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