SCARECROWS (1988) Reviews and overview

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‘Trespassers will be violated.’

Scarecrows is a 1988 released American supernatural horror film directed and edited by William Wesley (Route 666) starring Ted Vernon and Michael David Simms. Produced by William Wesley and Cami Winikoff.

The film was shot in Florida in May 1985 only gaining a release three years later on VHS where it did really well.

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Plot:

Five anti-heroic bank-robbing paramilitary mercenaries and war criminals steal three million dollars from Camp Pendleton and take two hostages, a pilot and his daughter. As the robbers fly towards Southern waters, one of the robbers steals the loot and parachutes into a dark field.

The remaining robbers land the plane and head for a broken-down house. The house has a demonic history, which causes scarecrows guarding surrounding graves to resurrect and slaughter all trespassers, dooming their victims to live on as scarecrows for all eternity…

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Reviews:

“With no explanation of its fantasy content beyond a madman’s musing that maybe they were all killed during the robbery and are being punished in Hell, the film is free to be suggestively bizarre in its gory horrors as when a scarecrow replaces his missing hand with one sawn-off a victim.” Phil Hardy (editor), The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror

“While I agree it’s good, I can’t say it’s great. I think I struggled coming to that conclusion because it’s easy to see that it could have been great. As a Tales From the Crypt episode, this would have been one of the best. But as a feature-length movie, Scarecrows remains only slightly above average.” Horror Digital

” Off-the-wall touches, like a stiff breeze breathing life into a lost harmonica or phantom messages via phone and headset from dead colleagues and the vicious ‘crows themselves, propel the ambience via simple technical imagination. Gore is plentiful and the scarecrows are small marvels to behold, grotesque menageries of rustic life gone to horrifying seed.” Twitch

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Choice dialogue:

Corbin: “God to Bert – your birthday has been cancelled!”

Jack: “If I were a crow, I’d be somewhere else.”

Jack: “Hey Curry, how are we going to live in Mexico, when we’re dead?”

Curry: “Turn around Bert, I wanna shoot you in the back!”

Cast and characters:

Ted Vernon … Corbin
Michael David Simms … Curry (as Michael Simms)
Richard Vidan … Jack
Kristina Sanborn … Roxanne
Victoria Christian … Kellie
David Campbell … Al
B.J. Turner … Bert
Dax Vernon … Dax the Dog
Tony Santory … Jakob Fowler
Phil Zenderland … Norman Fowler
Mike Balog … Benjamin Fowler
Don Herbert … Radio Newscast (voice)
Howard E. Haller … Helicopter Pilot / Base (voice)
Dyanne DiRosario … Kellie (voice)

Technical details:

83 minutes
Audio: Ultra Stereo
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

Notes:

There is an R-Rated Version and an Unrated Version of this film. The Unrated Version runs approx. four minutes longer than the R-Rated Version.

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