Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dark Night Of The Scarecrow (1981)

4.5 / 5 Feb '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Frank De Felitta
Written by: J.D. Feigelson
Actors include: Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 100 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

So generally made-for-tv movies are crap, let's be honest, but this one I've heard was different. In fact it seems to top most lists of the best made-for-tv movies of all time, and I'm definitely inclined to agree with those folks after actually seeing it. Well I'd expected some sort of murderous scarecrow movie and in a way it was but there was so much more. In fact I can't help but think that Stephen King was a fan of this one and took it to mind when writing "The Green Mile". Our story is about a slow witted but kind grown man with the IQ of a child. He plays with a young girl and they two are friends, she wants to go into a neighbours yard and he tells her not to. She goes anyhow and gets chewed up by the dog, but the slow guy saves her. The town is full of rednecks who seem to already hate the slow guy so they assume the worst and well things get more and more intense and horrifying from there. I don't want to give much away but this is a revenge flick, delicious revenge and it really does wring the viewer through an assortment of emotions but it's entirely gripping and satisfying. Don't expect any blood, just spooky camera work and effective storytelling. Definitely something you simply have to see, it could very well restore your faith in made-for-tv movies!

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