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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Scarecrows (1988)

Scarecrows is a nice low budget horror film with great atmosphere and excellent monsters.  The scarecrows in this film are great.  I love the faces which are spooky and mysterious.  The audience also knows absolutely nothing about them which also adds to the sense of mystery.  This film does not have big budget special effects but director William Wesley [Monsters: TV Series] knows how to create a creepy atmosphere and sustain it for the length of the film.  Nice!
The two big weaknesses in Scarecrows are the lack of a back story as well as the ending.  The movie never explains how the Scarecrows came to be.  It also fails to reveal the identity of the people in the picture on the living room wall.  The camera references this picture way too many times not to tell us anything about the people in it.  With a little more back story, this film could have gone from good to very good.  
The other weakness is the ending.  It was chugging along slow, steady and creepy...then it lost me in the last 15 minutes of the film.  The talking head in the refrigerator as well as other details seemed out of place.  Plus **Spoiler alert** did we really need zombie Daddy on the plane and his attempt to kill his daughter?  For me, it doesn't make sense that either the daughter or the father would meet their demise in this film.  They were innocent bystanders and should have been spared.  Oh well, no one asked me for plot advice!
Scarecrows stands on the verge of being a really fine film.  It just doesn't quite get there.  I'd love to see this one as a remake with a bigger budget.  If they did a little rewriting and kept the overall creepiness of the film, it would be a great remake.
RATING: Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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