Oct. 30, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST
by Toe Jam
But what I do remember scared the shit out of me as a kid. That's a bummer that it's not streaming on Netflix, as it would have been great to watch on Halloween.
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST
by Toe Jam
Really quality design, especially considering it's just a made-for-TV movie from three decades ago.
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST
I made a student film in the late 90's and had the great pleasure of working with Claude Earl Jones. When I was casting the film and first contacted Claude, I told him that I had watched Dark Night of the Scarecrow when I was in grade school and that it had scared the shit out of me. We talked about the production and he seemed to be impressed that I remembered his part in the film so vividly. We hit it off and he shortly thereafter agreed to act in my student film for free. Great guy and a wonderful actor.
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST
I posted about a week ago about how excited I was for this article, and I finally got to read and enjoy it. Thank you for writing about this film, which I saw for the first time several years ago, and it has stuck with me. The shot of his eyes in the scarecrow...doesn't get much better.
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST
...Because that means no theatrical trailer with that 70s/early 80s vibe with the intense voice over...you know the voice over guy whom I mean..."The Taxi Driver HAS a target..." or "A Nightmare...on..ELLLLM Street...Rated R." I just wanted to hear, "Dark...Night...OF..the Scarecrow."
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST
...when they cut from the woodchipper scene to the dinner at the boarding house. Brilliant.
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST
Damn! It scared the shit out of the 11 yr old me! I've always been worried about seeing it again, thinking it might not be as good as I remember, but I'll give it another look. For defo. Any chance of The Keep?
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST
I never count this on a list of scariest movies because it is a TV movie, but this movie (and Salem's Lot come to think of it) ranks right up there. I was terrified while watching this in my grandparents basement by myself when I was about 14. I dont know what scared me more - the spooky image of the scarecrow bent on revenge, or the way poor Larry Drake was treated by the local bullies. Either way, I was horrified. I just showed my 8 year old Poltergeist, but I'd never show her this Scarecrow movie!!!
Oct. 30, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST
i caught a screening of this thing at a friend's a few months back and this film will scare anyone out there who is afraid of the dark, extremely effective.
Oct. 30, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST
I was real little when my parent's were watching it, but wasn't Larry Drake a Developmentally Disabled guy on L.A. Law, too? I seem to recall him being a mail guy or something..
Oct. 30, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST
This was the movie that would have destroyed my trust in your film opinions, if you hadn't liked it. Nah, just kidding. But I'm glad you dug the movie. <P> When I saw this as a child I could have sworn it was pretty much all scarecrow, all the time. Because that's what stuck with me.
Oct. 30, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
Great character actors, great 70s vibe and even a Halloween sequence. As for "Scarecrows," sure it's certainly going to look disappointing next to this film, but I have a soft spot for it. It's just a little film that came out during the 80s VHS boom that came out of nowhere and delivered what I was looking for in a rental from the horror section. It's not a classic, but it does work on its own level.
Oct. 30, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST
I think he won an Emmy or two for it as well.
Oct. 30, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST
It's amazing the stuff my parents let me watch! I like that the movie has you rooting for the revenant, much like The Crow.
Oct. 30, 2010, 5 p.m. CST
I forgot, who was the scarecrow! end of line
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST
Up there with Duel and the Tobe Hooper Salem's Lot.
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST
It was on TBS. (Remember when they routinely aired made-for-TV movies from the 70s and 80s? Good times.) Very creepy. To this day, the thought of being buried alive in a grain silo (see also WITNESS) creeps the fuck out of me.
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
This sounds very interesting although I feel dubious about trusting Quint after his bizarre love for the awful 3rd Omen film. Still, I shall give this one a watch.
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST
when I was a kid. I had no idea until I read this that it was made for TV.
Oct. 30, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST
I watched this movie when I was like 7 and it scared the living piss out of me.
Oct. 30, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST
Maybe not around these parts, but LA Law was the highest profile gig and what he's best known for still. <p> I'll have to keep an eye out for this one.... Sounds pretty great.
Oct. 30, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST
And it's always stayed with me...hell, I can even hear the music in my head as I read that review. I remember it was a TV movie...maybe CBS, I wanna say? And I remember feeling bad for Bubba and feeling a vicarious thrill when vengeance righted the wrongs. And that final scene...damn, why don't I have this DVD again?!?
Oct. 30, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST
I remember seeing this on TV with my mom...scared the piss out of me. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of horror films!
Oct. 30, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST
It's as good as TV horror gets. It should have been released in the theaters.
Oct. 30, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST
off people's fingers with a cigar cutter and has a buddy with a prostetic leg that is really a gun, then he dresses as a scarecrow and uses his fear toxin to polute the water only to be chased down by Damian Wayne? Is this that movie?
Oct. 30, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST
I had completely forgotten about this movie. Seeing the cover and reading the review brought all the memories of seeing it as a kid back. I remember feeling so sorry for Bubba and I remember the chipper scene. Gotta find this so I can watch it again.
Oct. 30, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST
This movie really made me feel really icky inside, but I never forgot it, and I have always been very fond of it. Durning always played "that redneck jerk" in everything back then...
Oct. 30, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST
There are some very interesting parallels in the story elements. Dude gets killed, comes back from the dead to avenge his death, one bad guy at a time. Wish it was available on Instant Watch.
Oct. 30, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST
I just rented this off Netflix a few weeks ago...as it just now became available on DVD. It includes a very nice restored print of the film and a sweet-ass CBS teaser that aired right before the original broadcast. Great stuff.
Oct. 31, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST
Just as Friday the 13th was a ripoff of Halloween. Just as about ANY fucking movie where a masked, near-supernatural serial killer is SUPERFICIALLY similar to any other movie of the same genre. Congratufuckinglations for about the dumbest post I've ever seen on this forum.
Oct. 31, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST
CBS Saturday Night Movie, a week before Halloween. Perfect for a 10 yr. old horror fan. Still better than 80% of what we get today. Glad you liked it.
Oct. 31, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST
by frank cotton
Oct. 31, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST
by Darth Mulder
I bought a copy of this at the Spooky Empire Weekend of Horrors convention in Orlando about three weeks ago and got it autographed by the screenwriter, J.D. Feigelson.
Oct. 31, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST
Saw this when I was 8 and it did scare me but not as much as afterwards when it had finished and as I was heading up stairs to bed (in the dark) my family shouted "Bubba's gonna get ya"!! They still rib me about that today :-)
Oct. 31, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST
by Jack Burton
Best Buy has it for $6 right now. We watched it again Friday. One of the few movies I liked when I was a kid that still holds up really well today. Absolutely worth the purchase even as a bare bones release. Every line of dialogue from Jonathan Pryce is a creepy gem.
Oct. 31, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST
they sold em at a Horr0r con i attended this month to promote the dvd.. super-awsome.
Oct. 31, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST
Oct. 31, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Oct. 31, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST
Fulci's movies,it even has a bunch of the same scenes from that movie.
Oct. 31, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST
kid scratching at the window. Ever.
Oct. 31, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST
by Miss 45
Oct. 31, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST
<p>It's very well-acted, well-written and highly suspenseful.<p> <p>It ranks alongside "The Crow", "The Wraith" and "Robocop" as the finest examples of the "resurrection and revenge" genre.
Oct. 31, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST
"Never go full retard." Well, Drake can do it. I won't write much other than to say that I'm with everyone else here. I woke up screaming that night when I was 9. The remarkable part is that Bubba is an anti-hero. He's not an evil force out to skewer fornicating teenagers who had nothing to do with his death like Jason. <br> <br> I may be reading too much into this, but Durning's military-esque postal hat is reminiscent of a Nazi helmet, and his rallying the unwilling and unwitting to persecute an innocent yet "different" person smacks of WWII era persecution. I'm sure the helmet was a conscious decision. <br> <br> And I'll say it... Bubba's scarecrow mask has the Scream mask beat by a mile. :)
Nov. 1, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST
by Master Bruce
is some of the creepiest tv horror ever! My bro & I were young lads when we 1st saw this, & it's stayed w/us to this very day. So many great moments in it...especially the final scene! Haven't seen it on tv in years, glad to know it's available on dvd. If you luv horror, it's a definite must-see...a true cult classic!