Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday's Forgotten TV-Movie: Dark Night of the Scarecrow

Today is a particularly fun post for me, as I get to comply with two different memes at once.  In additon to participating in the Countdown, I'm also a part of Tuesday's Forgotten/Overlooked, in which many blogs write about a lost/forgotten/ignored/obscure movie, TV show, or music recording of the past and bring it to light.  My selection for this week fits both Tuesday's Forgotten and the Countdown perfectly!

Dark Night of the Scarecrow was a TV-movie that aired on CBS on October 24, 1981.  Charles Durning stars as a mailman for a small rural town who looks disdainfully at the relationship between Bubba, a mentally challenged man, and a young girl named Marylee.  When Marylee appears brutally attacked, he and other townsfolk believe Bubba has raped and tried to kill her.   In fact, she was attacked by a pack of dogs from which Bubba saved her.

Bubba tells this to his mother, who has him disguise himself as a scarecrow to hide from the angry mob.  His ruse is discovered, and the mob shoots him to death while he hangs in the field in his disguise, where he's left for dead.

It's then that the deceased Bubba exacts his revenge...

To see how he does this, check out the film on You Tube here:

The movie is readily available on DVD and will be available on Blu-Ray next Tuesday, October 11th.

Countdowners: for more Tuesday's Forgtten glory, click here. Tuesday peeps, for more great stuff from the Countdown to Halloween, click here.

Thanks everyone!


Todd Mason said...

Well, that's a pretty traditional setup...I take it the film plays this out pretty well, particularly by telefilm standards...I'll hope to give this a spin...

Phillyradiogeek said...

The script was written by the same author as Audrey Rose, FWIW.

Caffeinated Joe said...

My wife and I watched this when it came out on DVD and we both liked it. Pretty good, as television movies go.

Phillyradiogeek said...

Joe: I've never actually seen it, but it was required viewing for my parents every Halloween season for years.

FilmFather said...

Been meaning to check this one out for years...loved Larry Drake (Bubba) as the henchman Robert G. Durant in Sam Raimi's DARKMAN.

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