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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Otis P. Hazelrigg
Skeeter Norris
Claude Earl Jones ...
Harless Hocker
Tonya Crowe ...
Marylee Williams
Bubba Ritter
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
Mrs. Bunch
John Steadman ...
Mr. Loomis
Dave Adams ...
Deputy (as David Adams)


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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24 October 1981 (USA)  »

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A Vingança do Espantalho  »

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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 »


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 »


Bubba Ritter: [about Marylee being attacked] Bubba didn't do it.
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Very effective....
7 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's probably for the best that this was originally made for TV. That way, "Dark Night of the Scarecrow" doesn't have to rely on blood, disembowelings and gratuitous special FX for its shock value.

All you old-school horror fans check this out: here's a relatively recent movie that earns every shock and scare it gets with its eerie atmosphere, earnest performances and an especially villainous turn by Durning as tyrannical postman.

Everything is sweaty, nail-biting and almost unbearably tense from first frame to last. If you can bear the fright, watch very carefully at the end. I won't tell what happened, but it's intriguing how they combined such emotions as shock, fear and love in only two shots. Just watch it and see what I mean.

Ten stars. No wonder Larry Drake gets these kind of parts.

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