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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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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

Taglines:

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

Screenwriter J.D. Feigelson saw the name Otis P. Hazelrigg on a sign and liked it so much that he used it for the main character. See more »

Goofs

When Bubba is hiding in the scarecrow costume, it is obviously a real scarecrow in some longer shots, as it has less body mass than Bubba does. See more »

Quotes

Marylee Williams: [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]
Marylee Williams: He's playing the hiding game.
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Justice outside the law goes terribly wrong ............
5 October 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

"Dark Night of the Scarecrow" is an effective TV horror film. A Halloween viewing would be totally appropriate. Charles Durning plays a bigoted, evil character, who happens to be the local mailman. Obviously he loves his postal job, as he never seems to take off his uniform. Along with three local rednecks they set the story in motion by hunting and killing a mentally challenged man. After the lynch mob mentality has prevailed, they learn they have killed an innocent man, who happened to be hiding inside a scarecrow. The movie is extremely atmospheric, has good acting, and has become somewhat of a cult item. Recommended. - MERK


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