Night of the Scarecrow

A present day horror film, Night of the Scarecrow is set in the corn farming town of Hanford, California. A scarecrow, believed to have been a warlock in a former life, has been given life after being unearthed from a tomb that held his body 100 years ago.. He goes after the descendants of the Goodman family who were responsible for his death. They hold the key to the location of the scarecrow's spell book, which has the spell to make his spirit reunite with his flesh. It also has a spell to destroy him forever.

  • Starring: Howard Swain, Elizabeth Barondes, John Mese, Dirk Blocker and Gary Lockwood
  • Director(s): Jeff Burr
  • Producer(s): Steve White Productions
  • Screenwriter(s): Reed Steiner, Dan Mazur
  • Distributor: Repulic Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Unknown
  • Release Date: Wednesday, March 01, 1995
  • Rating: Acceptable

Featured Animal Action

In the opening scene, a crow flies down on the scarecrow's arm, struts back and forth and begins pecking at an eye, pulling straw from it. A gloved hand suddenly swipes the bird off the shoulder. It falls dead on the ground. This scene was shot in cuts. To accomplish the scene, the trainer stood on a ladder off camera. With her gloved hand, which was supposed to be the scarecrow's, she merely reached out as she would if the raven was stepping up onto her arm. A fake crow was used for the dead one. In another scene, Reverend Thaddeus Goodman runs from the scarecrow through the pews in the church. He knocks one of the pews over and a pig scurries down the aisle. To accomplish this scene, one trainer released the pig who ran A to B to another trainer who was holding food as a reward.