1995 / Director. Jeff Burr.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
I used to watch NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW a lot on VHS. Back in the late 90s it was fairly well received but easily forgotten. With a shameless title that deceptively identifies with DARK KNIGHT OF THE SCARECROW it tells the story of a demonic scarecrow, which is brought to life by an ancient curse and terrorises a small rural community. On the surface it's a generic slasher film but to a keener eye there is artistic merit and some genuinely awesome horror moments. With a proud R rating, the film is graphic and violent with each kill being well realised and executed (excuse the pun). The cast is also impressive, being made up of actors who would later go onto become respectable, award winning stars. John Hawkes, Bruce Glover and Stephen Root all feature in predominant roles and bring a welcome legacy to the movie, which I think has appreciated over time. The scarecrow itself could be a lot more frightening in its appearance, however it remains creepy enough and blazes a gruesome trail. The movie is very nasty. Director Jeff Burr is one of the most underrated and under utilised horror directors I know of. His films are unmistakable and I love them. NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW is a stronger movie now than it was in 95 and It has become something of a cult classic in my eyes... and the blu-ray looks amazing too.