Friday, June 12, 2015

SCARECROWS (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - You Ain't in Kansas Anymore

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cornfield. Scarecrows. The VHS cover that entranced me as a kid. I mean how could it not. Just hearing the name Scarecrows and then adding a horrific element to it generates nostalgic images of a brainless, dancing, singing man of straw running down a yellow brick path trying to ask some wizard to help him out… only when the Wizard refuses our straw made friend gains revenge, pulling out his agri-intestines, covering the Emerald city with his insides and then lights the whole damn thing on fire. Isn’t that what you envision when you think of a horror movie about Scarecrows? Obviously not and the fantastical image I have just created is completely other to the generous helping of gore and creep that takes place on screen. The Scream Factory release offers a second look to this cult fan favorite, much requested by fans.

What you won’t remember about Scarecrows is how creatively violent it is. Sure you’ll see someone lose their head, but is that person really… gulp… a person? Scarecrows disturbs the senses and starts off as a dance with perception as opposed to a more straight forward monster picture. It ends up in a very different (not to be spoiled) place with intense action.  For the most part this a dark, moody movie with plenty of atmosphere but still embodying popular tropes of the 1980’s that make it have instant fan appeal. In fact the only thing that seems to prevent Scarecrows from hitting it off with horror fans is that a simple lack of proper attention paid to it. Of course morality horror movies with a clear, positive message cannot be discounted as important with today's youth obsessed with hijacking large shipments of cash.

Do not confuse this with Night of the Scarecrows from 1995 that involves kids setting free a warlock. Do not confuse this with Dark Night of the Scarecrow, which in itself is a classic piece of horror fiction but wholly different and unique with a great but different cast. This is the picture from 1988 where a seemingly successful heist goes horribly wrong due to some very feisty guests that surround a mysterious cemetery.

Scarecrows has always reminded me a little of Tourist Trap with some of the strange character changes/transitions. It has reminded me of Critters with the “trapped in a house” element though none of the furry, spikey lil creepies. The supernatural, almost (ALMOST) zombie nature of your antagonist is really quite original. Director William Wesley may not have been long for the horror of Hollywood, but he did direct an episode of the TV show Monsters before he was done and aside from that you have a pile of actors who have limited horror and actor cred. Still, the performances are solid, the atmosphere is bold and dark and the premise is unique.

Order your copy of Scarecrows now and support a cult title that needs to be seen.

Extras include

New Audio Commentary With Co-screenwriter Richard Jefferies, Director Of Photography Peter Deming And Composer Terry Plumeri
Audio Commentary With Director William Wesley And Producer Cami Winikoff
The Last Straw – An Interview With Special Make-Up Effects Creator Norman Cabrera
Cornfield Commando – An Interview With Actor Ted Vernon
Original Storyboards
Still Gallery
Theatrical Trailer

From Scream Factory

After a band of ex-military criminals pulls off a multi-million dollar heist, they hop aboard a plane headed for Mexico. But when one of their own betrays them, they suddenly find themselves on the ground and on the run through a field of scarecrows near an abandoned farmhouse. And as night sets in, the real nightmare begins. The men discover that there's a reason the farmhouse is empty... and now those who thought they were the hunters are being hunted by an unimaginable and malevolent force!

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