By: lainie Description:Five bank robbers, on the run with over $3 million in stolen cash, are in for it when one of them takes the cash and parachutes from their hijacked plane into a deserted cornfield. The cornfield is populated by supernatural scarecrows possessed by evil.
Not without it's flaws, but still an entertaining and creepy little piece of horror I don't think I'm alone in saying that attaining this movie, along with a copy of The Burning, has been somewhat of a semi-quest. Not a single Best Buy in my state (Wisconsin) had either, nor did any Sam Goody, Suncoast, Barnes and Noble or Borders; so I had to go the 2nd route and order it online (not even from Amazon, who said that the two DVDs wouldn't even arrive until early NOVEMBER!)
So, while I'm still waiting on my copy of The Burning, I watched Scarecrows, which arrived in the mail pretty quickly.
I didn't know what to expect going into it, 80's slashers aren't my specialty, so all I knew going into this one was that it was supposed to be
A) Incredibly creepy B) Gorey (this is the un-cut edition, woo hoo!)
Well, safe to say I received both in a great amount. Sure, two of the actors were trying, but this is a B-movie, so I let it slide. The atmosphere was kept at an incredibly murky level, with a constant feeling of total dread.
And with all the generic slashers to come out of the 80's, seriously, there's one called Death Spa, come on people, it was nice to see something where the killers were more monsters than just some psycho with a breathing problem and a mask.
Highly recommended for an entertaining time.One of the best direct-to-video horror films of the 80s As any horror fanatic who was around for the home video boom of the 1980s can tell you, there were a lot of independent and direct-to-video horror movies to sift through, if one felt so inclined. I've tortured myself with stacks of pitiful "films" in the hopes of finding the one with real payoff. Scarecrows was one of those movies that made the effort worthwhile. There was no shortage of gore flicks to be had, but finding something gory AND scary was rare indeed.
My well-worn VHS copy was lost in a flood, so I was quite thrilled when I found out Scarecrows was being released on DVD. I thought it was lost forever. Considering it was shot and assembled by a no name director and film crew, it's pretty slick and effectively creepy with a somber music score. The appearance of the scarecrows is quite unnerving. It's not really any more gory than your average Friday the 13th film, but the splatter punctuates the scares nicely. By the way, I'm not sure what unrated version the other reviewer was talking about, because the cut on this DVD is identical to my unrated VHS version.
The picture quality is solid on the disk, which is remarkable considering the age of the film and he fact that 70 percent of the shots take place in at least partial darkness. I did not notice any pixelation.
In other instances, I might make a critical comment about the complete lack of extras and the non-animated menu screen that looks like it was done with clip art software, but I'm so surprised the movie even exists and was released that I'll refrain. Yes, I'm aware of the irony in that sentence.I forgot all about this gem! I bought this movie over the weekend not realizing I saw this before many years ago. I didn't know the name of it then because I caught it somewhere in the middle. I'm glad I was curious enough to check it out. I feel my money was well spent.
The story isn't all that great to me but the movie is. Some poor souls made the mistake on touching ground where they didn't belong. They're then pursued by the undead in the form of scarecrows. There is a very good amount of gore. The dialogue was funny to me at times. And it did have its creepy moments.
A real cool horror film. Not the best I've ever seen. But its worth owning in my opinion.