October 9th -- Night of the Scarecrow
Sometimes, you just need an..okay film. Nothing too terrible, nothing too thought provoking. Something to entertain but not necessarily stick around with you for days. In those cases, nothing better to turn to than the B-movie. For the month of October, no Bs but horror may pass my critical orbs, so I present to you our Tuesday selection: "Night of the Scarecrow."
Full disclosure: a good many of my formative years were spent growing up on a farm. I can fully testify that scarecrows can be some awfully creepy shit, especially late at night. Therefore, scarecrow horror films have the potential to be quite creepy, indeed. This one? Hit or miss.
For plot, we get a sorcerer imprisoned as a scarecrow in a desolate field (don't ask). He gets reanimated (don't they all?) and proceeds to cut a swatch through the assorted yokels around him Many times, this consists of suitably gory scenes where the scarecrow turns humans into other scarecrows...totally gnarly! Unfortunately, our originally silent scarecrow turns into a real Freddy Krueger by the end of the film, spouting one liners like they were going out of style.
In the end, "Night of the Scarecrow" is no better or worse than many similar B-horror movies. There's a certain amount of atmosphere to be found here but, in the end, you're still dealing with a living scarecrow: Shakespeare this ain't. If you're in the mood to kill a few brain cells, however, this may just be the ticket.