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Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Not Rated | | Horror | TV Movie 24 October 1981
In a small Southern town, a wrongfully-killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him from beyond the grave.

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Frank De Felitta

Writers:

J.D. Feigelson (teleplay), J.D. Feigelson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 James Tartan ... Mr. Williams (as Jim Tartan)
Ed Call Ed Call ... Defense Attorney
Alice Nunn ... Mrs. Bunch
John Steadman ... Mr. Loomis
Dave Adams ... Deputy (as David Adams)
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Storyline

In a small country town, the retarded Bubba Ritter has the mentality of a child and is the best friend of a young local girl. When the girl trespasses the yard of a house and is attacked by a dog, he saves her, but is wrongly accused of killing her by her mother. The postman Otis P. Hazelrigg joins three other vigilantes' friends of him and the group executes the poor man, who was disguised as a scarecrow in a cornfield. They forge some evidences that Bubba had attacked them, and they go to a trial but they are declared not guilty. They are released, but justice comes from the grave and the men are mysteriously killed, one by one, in the revenge of the scarecrow. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Night of the Scarecrow See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wizan Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

Position of Hazelrigg's right hand when he tries to guess Marylee's costume. See more »

Quotes

Marylee Williams: [to Hazelrigg] I know what you did to Bubba!
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Great Film
20 April 2005 | by cowboyfan1980See all my reviews

Everybody seems to generally love this film and I am no exception. I have not viewed it since it aired in 1981 but, like everyone else who is leaving comments here, it creeped me out. It is a pretty heavy-handed movie for being made for television. The themes are intense, as is the violence, although I don't remember much gore. What does stick in my mind is the slow crawl camera shot when Bubba is hiding in the Scarecrow, up to the eye hole in the scarecrow. We see a single, trembling eye before Charles Durning and co take justice into their own hands. Very creepy! The other thing that I remember is Larry Drake's brief performance. He was so convincing as a semi-retarded man that it wasn't until I saw him in Darkman years later, that I discovered that he wasn't retarded. I had only seen him in this movie and on LA Law where he played mentally challenged characters. Great film. Hopefully, it will be released on DVD one of these days.


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