Director Jeff Burr
Music director Jimmy Manzie
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi
Screenplay Reed Steiner, Dan Mazur
Country United States
|Release date August 8, 1995 (1995-08-08)|
Writer Reed Steiner, Dan Mazur
Cast Elizabeth Barondes (Claire), John Mese (Dillon), Stephen Root (Frank), Bruce Glover (Thaddeus), Dirk Blocker (George), Howard Swain (The Scarecrow)
Similar movies The Collector, Mad Max: Fury Road, Skyfall, Halloween, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hitman: Agent 47
Tagline Terror has come home to harvest
Night of the scarecrow trailer 1995
Night of the Scarecrow is a 1995 American horror film directed by Jeff Burr.
In order for a town to prosper and have a successful harvest, the citizens made a deal with a warlock. When the people found out that the warlock was sexually preying on the town's women, they murdered him and buried his bones, which resulted in his ghost being confined to a scarecrow.
While Variety wrote that the director "has more luck with physical scenes than he does with coaxing inspired performances out of his actors", Blu-ray.com wrote that the director "stages things very effectively and gets some good performances out of a game cast." A reviewer for DVD Talk did not like the "inept circa-1995 CGI".
Jeffrey Kaufman of Blu-ray.com compared a violent scene in the film to a scene in another horror film with a murderous scarecrow, the television film Dark Night of the Scarecrow. Eric Hansen of Variety wrote of the film and its original VHS release, "A moderately exciting, average monster movie with good production values and a few good ideas, “Night of the Scarecrow” looks to have its longest life on homevideo." A review for TV Guide says, "A healthy dose of directorial style and energy makes this prosaic low-budget chiller a tense, entertaining diversion."
Adam Tyner, writing for DVD Talk, said "It's kind of interesting seeing some of the familiar faces in the cast, and Night of the Scarecrow does trot out a few really nice looking setpieces, but none of that's enough to salvage this limp, lifeless, uninspired, instantly forgettable slasher flick. Skip It."
The original video release was in 1995 on VHS, distributed by Republic Pictures. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Olive Films in 2013, with the same special features – an audio commentary with director Jeff Burr, a making of video, and a picture gallery.
ReferencesNight of the Scarecrow Wikipedia
Night of the Scarecrow IMDb Night of the Scarecrow themoviedb.org