Tons of horror films that were direct-to-video were used as filler for the video stores of yesterday. I remember being in “Movie Gallery” countless times and seeing the Scarecrow movies — Scarecrow, Scarecrow Slayer, and Scarecrow Gone Wild. The cover art was slick and nasty, which usually was enough to lure you in. Honestly I’ll admit that I hadn’t been too excited to watch Scarecrow, but this film is actually a ridiculous, over the top nasty little movie.
After discovering that it was filmed in only 8 days, I couldn’t help but get that feeling that I was about to watch a movie that most people can’t stand, and I dove right in. It’s a typical revenge film; the acting is pretty laughable with the exception of Tiffany Shepis, who always shines in these little parts and manages to bring depth and empathy to an otherwise cardboard cutout plot. Emmanuel Itier’s direction and writing aren’t anything special. It seems to me with a little love for this vision, this movie could have been a reference guide for the new video nasty. However, Byron Werner’s cinematography is just so average that you can’t even say Scarecrow has the nasty charm of a Troma film.
If you dig other direct-to-video horror (Killjoys production is a good example), then you will have no problem kicking back and having fun with this one. However, if you’re anti-Troma and/or anti low-budget fun, then you’re probably not gonna have any reason to watch this.
I’m gonna have to give this one a personal Rottin’ Roger Demarco seal of approval with 2 bird sketches out of 5.
If you wish to check it out, you can literally grab these films for a buck a piece from Echo Bridge Entertainment.