Dark Night of the Scarecrow Reviews

  • May 05, 2020

    I enjoyed this has a spooky vibe to it and everybody gets what they deserve.

    I enjoyed this has a spooky vibe to it and everybody gets what they deserve.

  • May 04, 2020

    Extremely impressive made-for-tv horror film. It may seem quaint by today's horror movie standards, but it's a haunting tale of revenge. I love the ambiguity of it.

    Extremely impressive made-for-tv horror film. It may seem quaint by today's horror movie standards, but it's a haunting tale of revenge. I love the ambiguity of it.

  • Feb 07, 2020

    1981 TVM: Four men kill a mentally challenged man who they believe killed a 10-year old girl. After the murder, they learn that the girl is not dead. The four get away with the murder in the court system. Then a supernatural force appears to the men, one by one, and exacts retribution. Has the mentally challenged man returned from the dead? This is an excellent chiller movie (made for TV) with a solid cast, an eerie music score, and one "killer" ending. Highly recommendable. Stars: Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones, Lane Smith, Tonya Crowe, Larry Drake, and Jocelyn Brando.

    1981 TVM: Four men kill a mentally challenged man who they believe killed a 10-year old girl. After the murder, they learn that the girl is not dead. The four get away with the murder in the court system. Then a supernatural force appears to the men, one by one, and exacts retribution. Has the mentally challenged man returned from the dead? This is an excellent chiller movie (made for TV) with a solid cast, an eerie music score, and one "killer" ending. Highly recommendable. Stars: Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones, Lane Smith, Tonya Crowe, Larry Drake, and Jocelyn Brando.

  • Nov 01, 2019

    This movie has one of the best endings of all time.

    This movie has one of the best endings of all time.

  • Oct 28, 2019

    The best you can say about this early made for tv slasher is that it has a decent cast and some of the atmosphere isn't bad. Apart from that it is a truly tedious affair and about as scary as buttered toast.

    The best you can say about this early made for tv slasher is that it has a decent cast and some of the atmosphere isn't bad. Apart from that it is a truly tedious affair and about as scary as buttered toast.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    Dark Night of the Scarecrow is a competently made horror film that offers a hokey premise in a Kingesque setting that has surprisingly good performances, a great atmosphere, and a spooky little ghost story to boot, but also fails to live up to its title and delivers very little of the titular entity for seemingly no reason while also divulging into common slasher territory, but nonetheless offers a fun, campy experience for a fleeting 96 minutes.

    Dark Night of the Scarecrow is a competently made horror film that offers a hokey premise in a Kingesque setting that has surprisingly good performances, a great atmosphere, and a spooky little ghost story to boot, but also fails to live up to its title and delivers very little of the titular entity for seemingly no reason while also divulging into common slasher territory, but nonetheless offers a fun, campy experience for a fleeting 96 minutes.

  • Oct 25, 2018

    Very good classic scary movie

    Very good classic scary movie

  • Mark H Super Reviewer
    Oct 09, 2017

    Dark Night of the Scarecrow is probably one of the scariest and best made-for-TV movies ever made. Back when made-for-TV movies were as important as theatrical productions. The acting is excellent, especially Charles Durning as the evil, drinking, pedophile bigot who terrorizes Bubba and his mother. Jocelyn Brando is also good as Bubba's mother, Mrs. Ritter. Some scenes are a bit silly, and Larry Drake lays it on thick as Bubba, but this film scared me to death as a child, and it still works as a very creepy, gothic-feeling movie about justice over evil. In a neat twist, the scarecrow does not represent the evil in this film. The redneck townsfolk do. The redneck, small town and small-minded hicks hate and terrorize Bubba, who in their mind they hate because they believe he is a "blight," is actually just different from them, and they fear and are confused by him. Justice is bound to come to people who hate and persecute a simple-minded, emotionally retarded man. Something about this film feels more poignant than ever these days.

    Dark Night of the Scarecrow is probably one of the scariest and best made-for-TV movies ever made. Back when made-for-TV movies were as important as theatrical productions. The acting is excellent, especially Charles Durning as the evil, drinking, pedophile bigot who terrorizes Bubba and his mother. Jocelyn Brando is also good as Bubba's mother, Mrs. Ritter. Some scenes are a bit silly, and Larry Drake lays it on thick as Bubba, but this film scared me to death as a child, and it still works as a very creepy, gothic-feeling movie about justice over evil. In a neat twist, the scarecrow does not represent the evil in this film. The redneck townsfolk do. The redneck, small town and small-minded hicks hate and terrorize Bubba, who in their mind they hate because they believe he is a "blight," is actually just different from them, and they fear and are confused by him. Justice is bound to come to people who hate and persecute a simple-minded, emotionally retarded man. Something about this film feels more poignant than ever these days.

  • May 24, 2017

    I saw this on TV in 81. It was made for TV, but good enough to be in theaters. I was born in 73, the nightmares ...great.

    I saw this on TV in 81. It was made for TV, but good enough to be in theaters. I was born in 73, the nightmares ...great.

  • Nov 26, 2016

    Very effective story and pretty terrifying made for TV movie that I remember well. Severely underrated. Fine performances.

    Very effective story and pretty terrifying made for TV movie that I remember well. Severely underrated. Fine performances.