Sunday, February 6, 2011
DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARCROW (1981)
It's hard to believe now but some made-for-TV horror movies from the 70's through the early 80's were actually pretty decent time-wasters. There were a bunch that creeped me out as a kid like TRILOGY OF TERROR which starred Karen Black and GARGOYLES which starred a bunch of spooky cave monsters. This one also stood out as a simplistic yet effectively told tale of revenge that I fondly recall from my younger days of TV addiction. I've read that this was originally supposed to be a theatrical feature and with a little added blood and guts I could see it working as that equally well. This story concerns a retarded man, named Bubba, played by Larry Drake(who went on to later play DR. GIGGLES) who gets wrongfully accused of killing a little girl. Charles Durning plays a local-yokel, not-so-intelligent mailman who gathers up a posse of equally dimwitted redneck types to get revenge. Bubba decides to hide in his favorite scarecrow which doesn't turn out to be the optimal hiding spot for him and he gets himself all shot up. This is when the revenge starts to get dished out. Is it Bubba back from the dead? Is it the little girl who wasn't killed in the first place? Is it the lawyer who somehow couldn't put a case together against a bunch of guys who shoot a retarded man to death at point blank range? Well I won't ruin the nutty ending for you(there's some killer bulldozer(killdozer?) action). However you can just look at any review on IMDB and they'll be glad to let you know every plot point.