Before I start my review I just want to say DO NOT confuse this film with the 1981 made-for-TV film “Dark Night of the Scarecrow.” That is a different film and waaaay too many horror fans confuse that film with this one, it’s fucking annoying. Anyway, I firmly believe that if you’re going to watch a ton of horror movies this Halloween season then you must watch at least one scarecrow horror film, just one, and what more of a “hidden” scarecrow film is there then Jeff Burr’s 1995 scarecrow horror film “Night of the Scarecrow.”
A group of drunk teenagers accidentally set free the spirit of a warlock, which then possesses a scarecrow. The scarecrow goes on a bloody rampage killing the descendants of the men who killed the warlock a century before. A newcomer and the daughter of the mayor try to stop it before it is too late and the warlock can reincarnate
It always pains me that horror fans over look this film. Hell it’s even an obscure one to them and it should not because this little ‘90s horror film sure has a lot going for it. For starters it’s incredibly fun and cool with a fast pace so it’s never a bore. The characters are decent, the scarecrow himself looks cool and it’s a pretty good slasher with some creepy yet wise cracking dialogue. Director Jeff Burr has a good visual sense with his direction and good manic flair to the more fast paced scenes with off kilter shots to it. Finally the death scenes in the film are cool and interesting especially the sexual in tone and nasty “burst” scene in the van with the scarecrow and a female victim receiving his “seed”.
Whenever I think of fun and cool ‘90s Horror films this is one that always pops right into my mind and hopefully some horror fans will read this review and discover “Night of the Scarecrow” for themselves and hopefully like it. If you don’t then hey at least it will prove to you that before “Scream” hit big in the mid 90’s that 90’s horror films before that were quite fun and at least the film will be entertaining. Come on fellow horror fans, what do you got to lose.
-James J. Coker