Scarecrows, A Throwback Style Cat And Mouse Slasher
Scarecrows Film Details
Director: Stuart Stone
Writer: Stuart Stone, Adam Rodness
Release Date: December 11, 2018 (USA)
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr 20 min
Teenagers are kidnapped and made into scarecrows that are left to die in the crop fields.
Scarecrows is a campy, throwback style, stoner-horror flick with a bit of a funny bone. Four friends on a weekend trip with intentions of fun, sun and some naked romping in picturesque lagoon get more than they bargained for. Despite an abundance of red flags, such as a thumb falling from the sky and a clearly posted no trespassing sign, the young band of hormone filled teens presses on. Unfortunately for them, the proprietor of the land does not take kindly to trespassers. After the hapless group finds their car missing and are left with no food or water, tired from a day of hiking and splashing in the lagoon, the silent, but deadly, farmer’s reign of terror begins.
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“Please, while we are incredibly flattered that you liked our film, we implore everyone to not copy what you see on tv or in the movies. Trespassing is illegal and could be outright dangerous. You and your friends could get SHOT AND KILLED, and its just not worth it. We do however encourage everyone to get high and watch the movie from the safety of your own homes!”
Stu Stone, Director, Scarecrows
The opening scene of Scarecrows immediately grabbed my attention. You witness a farmer, (Jason J. Thomas) slowly dragging a scarecrow through his field of corn. Corn fields have been generally accepted as creepy places to be, day or night, and by the end of this scene, when we find out that the fowl frightener that has been erected is actually a human victim, the horrific tone of the film is set. Enter, our group of teenagers. The jock, Farbsie (Mike Taylor) Devon, (Maaor Ziv), the shy gal, Ash (Hannah Gordon), and the romantic, Ely (Umed Amin). This fun-loving bunch definitely knows what style of movie they are in and act accordingly.
You have to use your imagination and let them make the obvious mistakes to keep the story flowing towards the gruesome end we all want to see. The scene that really stuck with me afterward was where Devon is being tortured. Maaor Ziv’s performance, accompanied by a grim setting and the best practical effects used in Scarecrows, really made this scene stand out. Her character is easily the least likable and from her introduction, you are hoping for her death. She delivers a truly terrifying display as she is strapped to a chair and has her mouth sewn shut with bailing twine.
Scarecrows produce some legitimate suspense and has a fair amount of scary moments but I did find some holes, most notably when Ash, the assumed final girl, meets the farmer’s son. The son (Derek Christoff) finds Ash in the cornfield and says he is going to help her escape. The character felt like an excuse to incorporate some backstory and Derek’s performance in Scarecrows wasn’t all that believable.
These days when any horror fan sees a scarecrow they almost automatically think Jeepers Creepers. Unlike the other terrifying films featuring a burlap specter, such as Husk or the 1988 film of the same name, Scarecrows does not rely on a supernatural or demonic force. The “scarecrows” in this horror film are actually the victims, putting a nice twist on the genre.
Scarecrows does clean up nicely, though, with an ending every horror fan will appreciate and you’ll want to hold out past the rolling credits for an extra little treat. With that aside, the film was tastefully edited and cinematographer, Marc Forand, does a fantastic job capturing the beauty of the scenery and enhancing the creep factor. You can really feel the heat of the sun on the back of your neck during the day shots.
Scarecrows was a very fun watch. If you are into campy slashers with comedic flare you will enjoy this horror flick. The movie does have its frayed edges but Stu Stone and Adam Rodness succeed in serving up a morbidly cold and grisly villain. Scarecrows has the potential of becoming a “cult classic”.