Monday, September 28, 2009

Scarecrows

Scarecrows

Written by Richard Jefferies
Directed by William Wesley

Bert...B.J. Turner
Jack...Richard Vidan
Roxanne...Kristina Sanborn
Curry...Michael David Simms
Corbin...Ted Vernon
Kellie...Victoria Christian
Al...David James Campbell

A renegade military squadron hijacks an airplane with three million dollars on board, taking the pilot, his daughter and the family dog hostage. A dirty double (triple?) cross leads to an emergency landing, stranding them sans cash in the middle of farm country.



But not just any farm country. Farm country full of…killer scarecrows! Simultaneously hunted by the U.S. Army and the straw-filled slayers, they have to find the runaway money and head into the wild blue yonder in a hurry.

And that’s really about it.


Combining elements of Night Of The Living Dead with Predator may have seemed like a good idea, but this terribly dull and slow-moving creature feature is more shit than a hit. The characters are flimsy and ridiculous, the action scenes few and far between, and there are only a few decent moments of gore. The rest is comprised of inane radio chatter and cheap threats. The fact that we could hear the runaway Bert’s thoughts in voice over narration reeks of amateurism. The filmmaker was apparently unable to properly convey what was going on visually. Bert may as well have turned to the camera and Ferris Buellered it directly to the viewing audience.

And could they at least have attempted an explanation for the scarecrows? I’m all for ambiguousness in the genre film (i.e., Cube), but only in the right genre film. And this genre film was not the right one for ambiguity.

Not even the crows are afraid of this one.

1988
Rated R
83 Minutes
Color
English
United States

Scarecrows is currently ranked #15,961 in DVD's at Amazon.com. Read more about it at the IMDB, rent it at Netflix, or buy it today!

"If I were a crow, I'd be somewhere else..."
--J/Metro

1 comment:

  1. What a disappointment! I don't know why but for some reason, I was eagerly awaiting the DVD release of Scarecrows. When I finally got around to watching it, I was bored as hell. For headset walkie-talkie enthusiasts only.

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