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Release Date:
24 October 1981 (USA) See more »
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The Original Classic
Plot:
In a small town, a wrongfully killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him beyond the grave. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Superbly shot film that deserves a dvd release See more (71 total) »

Cast

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Charles Durning ... Otis P. Hazelrigg

Robert F. Lyons ... Skeeter Norris
Claude Earl Jones ... Philby
Lane Smith ... Harless Hocker
Tonya Crowe ... Marylee Williams

Larry Drake ... Bubba Ritter

Jocelyn Brando ... 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)
Ivy Bethune ... Mrs. Hocker
Dennis Robertson ... Ray
Jetta Scelza ... Mrs. Whimberly
Modi Frank ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

J.D. Feigelson ... Ludie - CB radio (uncredited)
Robert J. Koster ... The Scarecrow (uncredited)
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Directed by
Frank De Felitta 
 
Writing credits
J.D. Feigelson (teleplay)

J.D. Feigelson (story) and
Butler Handcock (story)

Produced by
Bobbi Frank .... producer
Janet Greek .... associate producer
Joe Wizan .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Glenn Paxton 
 
Cinematography by
Vincent A. Martinelli  (as Vincent Martinelli)
 
Film Editing by
Skip Lusk 
 
Casting by
Toni Howard 
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Zacha Jr.  (as Charles M. Zacha Jr.)
 
Set Decoration by
Dennis W. Peeples  (as Dennis Peeples)
 
Makeup Department
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist (as Steve Robinette)
Jeremy Swan .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Dixon .... post-production supervisor
Robert J. Koster .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas A. Bliss .... dga trainee (as Tom Bliss)
Daisy Gerber .... first assistant director
Bart Roe .... second assistant director
J.D. Feigelson .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
V.R. Bud Shelton .... property master
 
Sound Department
Bonnie Koehler .... sound editor
James Pilcher .... sound mixer (as Jim Pilcher)
Clint Althouse .... boom operator (uncredited)
James Bailey .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
 
Stunts
John Meier .... stunt coordinator (as John C. Meier)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron McManus .... camera operator
Frank Palmer .... key grip
Robert A. Petzoldt III .... gaffer (as Bob Petzoldt III)
Paul Jacobsen .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Reggie Newkirk .... key first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Fisk .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judith Brewer Curtis .... assistant costumer
Leslie Karten .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
James L. Honore .... post-production (as Jimmy Honoré)
Jeff Zacha .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Johns .... executive soundtrack producer
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (as Doug Lackey)
 
Transportation Department
Tom Blomquist .... transportation captain
Chuck Hanson .... transportation coordinator
Thomas M. Krigbaum .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sherrie Bayer .... production assistant
May Wale Brown .... script supervisor
Selma Brown .... production accountant
Modi Frank .... production assistant
Pat Keating .... assistant to producer
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator
Kool Marder .... location manager (as Kool Lusby)
Jeff Rafner .... production assistant
 

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96 min
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Trivia:
Charles Durning did most of his own stunts of the climatic chase scene when he's running away from the tractor. A double can be seen for a few shots with darker hair.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Mrs. Hocker:If you're not plantin'... why would you put up a scarecrow?See more »

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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Superbly shot film that deserves a dvd release, 23 June 2004
Author: motown_23 (jewbo23@aol.com) from Norfolk, England



A mentally challenged man called Bubba is out playing with a small girl he is friends with. When she is seriously hurt by a dog, the local people instantly blame Bubba. Four of the locals arm themselves and go after him looking for revenge. Bubba hides in a scarecrow but is still found and shot and killed. Moments after they have killed him, the group find out that Bubba was in fact the one that saved the girl. So they put a pitchfork in his hand and clam self defence. They get away with it in court but soon after it seems as if Bubba is back and out for revenge.

Dark night of the Scarecrow is a made for TV from 1981 that really packs a punch. Beautify shot for a TV movie and it has a great atmosphere to match. The score really helps with the truly spooky feel of the film. They most likely didn't have a great budget for the film but it was spent well. All of the actors do a fine job and the sets are all pretty good too. The death scenes are original and pretty well done. The death in the silo was really well shot especially when you think of how small a space they had to play with when it came to setting up the shots.

A lot of films like this fall apart at the end. This most certainly doesn't. The ending is great and really makes you think about what has just gone on. If you can find it then defiantly check it out. The killer scarecrow genre is something that isn't often touched. Infact I can only think of two other killer scarecrow films, ‘Night of the Scarecrow' and ‘Scarecrows'. If they are anything like this one then I can't wait to see them.

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