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Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  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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A documentary exploring the making of the cult television classic, Dark Night of the Scarecrow.

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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
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Mrs. Bunch
John Steadman ...
Mr. Loomis
Dave Adams ...
Deputy (as David Adams)
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Storyline

An intellectually disabled 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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What has this girl done that is driving the town mad? What is the terrible act people are about to commit? And who is the only person who can save her? See more »

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24 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vingança do Espantalho  »

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Trivia

Strother Martin was originally scheduled to play the part of Otis Hazelrig, but passed away before the film could be made. However, a few lines of script suggested by Martin remained in the final film, but spoken by Charles Durning, who eventually played the part. 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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Subtle and effective
23 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this when it first aired, as well as having trouble sleeping many nights afterward. This was particularly effective for me, since I grew up in a setting much like the one depicted in the film.

The sense of dread and terror is very heavy throughout the movie. What would normally be a typical idyllic rural setting is transformed into a place where fears are realized. The wind is always blowing leaves across a lonely road, the shadows seem especially deep, and as the title states, the night seems especially dark.

There is minimal blood and special effects - the film relies on the setting and the performances of the actors to deliver the goods. If you can find it at the video store, then you are certainly in luck. Highly recommended.


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