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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.

Director:

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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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

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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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Horror

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Trivia

This film was shot in 17 days. It was originally supposed to be 18 days, but one day was lost because of a fire. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mrs. Ritter: [to her son's murderers] You may think you're getting off free, but there's other justice in this world besides the law!
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Excellent Unknown Made-for-TV Movie
8 November 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In a small country town, the thirty-six year old mentally handicapped Bubba Ritter (Larry Drake) has the mentality of a child and is the best friend of the young local girl Marylee. 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 bigoted postman Otis P. Hazelrigg (Charles Durning) joins three other vigilantes' friends of him and the group executes the poor man, who was hid 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.

"Dark Night of the Scarecrow" is an excellent unknown made-for-TV movie. This gem has potential to become a classic of the genre and certainly one of the best scarecrow horror movie ever made. The supernatural story is great, and the performances of the whole cast is outstanding, highlighting Charles Durning as a nasty scum and Larry Drake in the touching role of a sweet retarded man living in a prejudicial community. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Vingança do Espantalho" ("The Revenge of the Scarecrow")


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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 »

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Production Co:

Wizan Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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