Dark Night of the Scarecrow
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Misguided townsfolk, blinded by bias and fear, mistakenly kill a mentally retarded man after someone accuses him of raping the young girl he had befriended. Shortly thereafter the entire town is beset by a supernatural terror. The story… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 24, 1981
DVD Release Date: October 16, 1986
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Heather Wixson
Dread Central

A haunting story coupled with engaging performances by all cast members, I feel like I just won the horror lottery by discovering this gem; and it's a movie I look forward to revisiting many, many times in the future.

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Scott Weinberg

Made-for-TV horror movie from 1981. That's really all you need to know.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It may seem old fashioned today, but this very quality makes it surprisingly effective.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It's not a bloody-gory film, mind you; it is, after all, a TV production. Yet it does imply a lot of grisly goings on.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
A really interesting made-for-tv horror film that plays more like a thriller with dramatic elements. I wasn't really scared by it but I can see why people… More
David Ladd
One of my favorites as kid and that still holds up today "Dark Night of the Scarecrow" is one of the creepiest horror movies of the early 80's,… More
Alex roy
Dark Night Of The Scarecrow has got to be the best tv movie since Duel. Frank De Felitta's film leaves a lot to imagination to guess and with that in mind,… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A great haunting tale of revenge to watch each harvest time. It's a classic. A group of small-town bigots execute an innocent child-of-a-man named… More
A.D. Villarreal
Long before the days of SyFy there was a time when you could look forward to "movies of the week". Some of my favorites are Salem's Lot, The… More
Mark Harper
Dark Night of the Scarecrow is probably one of the scariest and best made-for-TV movies ever made. Back when made-for-TV movies were as important as theatrical… More