In a small country town, the developmentally-disabled 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, Bubba saves her but is wrongly accused of killing her by her mother. The postman, Otis P. Hazelrigg, joins three other vigilante friends of his and the four execute 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 trial but they are declared not guilty. They are immediately released, but justice comes from beyond the grave and the men are mysteriously killed, one by one, as revenge by the scarecrow.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bubba's real name is Charles Elliot Ritter. See more »
When the tractor is chasing the postman at the end, it runs over pumpkins in the field and smashes them. The smashed pumpkins have no insides, revealing them to be props. See more »
[to Bubba's mother]
Don't worry, Mrs. Ritter... Bubba's not gone. He's just being silly. Don't you know what he's doing?
[Mrs. Ritter shakes her head]
He's playing the hiding game.
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For the 2010 re-release, there is a two-second insert shot near the end showing the interior of the tractor that chases Otis which shows the gear shift lever moving by itself. See more »
It's probably for the best that this was originally made for TV.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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