Watching Amazon Prime Video A horror film that really caught me again

Watching Amazon Prime Video: A horror film that really caught me again

I click through Prime Video in search of a cheap horror film, decide on the trashy-looking “Night of the Scarecrow” – and get a biting, creepy and touching horror gem in the dunghill!



I don’t know where that came from, but I have a thing for stupid, cheap horror movies. It shouldn’t be as cheap as “Ebola Rex” trash, simply because that sort of thing isn’t scary anymore (and I don’t really like trash with the announcement anyway). But after a week has exhausted me, a simple, ambitious monster horror film with clear fronts helps me excellently to relax from the complexity of everyday life.

So last Sunday morning I was after one of those stupid monster films again. Amazon Prime Video seems to have plenty to choose from in this regard, and for some reason I got stuck browsing “Night of the Scarecrow” (perhaps because of the scarecrow sequence from “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” that I used a few days before, the best thing about this lame high-gloss horror cucumber was and my desire for more scarecrows was hooked).

On the cover of “The Night of the Scarecrow” * visible on Amazon, a creepy bird horror holds its pitchfork threateningly in the direction of the viewer and the title alone promises simple monster horror at its best. The scarecrow had me hooked (ok, this metaphor doesn’t quite fit, but you know what I mean)!

So I was fully prepared to just see a couple of pitchfork murders that alternate with boring “I’ll check Twitter quickly” fill-in scenes, which would have been the perfect program for my Sunday morning.

Instead I got an excellently staged revenge story about the narrow-mindedness of a small village, with an innocent, touching friendship right in the middle.

Instead I got an excellently staged revenge story about the narrow-mindedness of a small village, with an innocent, touching friendship right in the middle.

Horror jewel in the dung heap

I was just simply ignorant, because the television produced “The Night of the Scarecrow” has long since built up its small, fine fan base of people who want more than a cheap monster film. And where I still don’t think there’s anything wrong with cheap monster films, “The Night of the Scarecrow” offers a lot more than that 9MOVIES.

Briefly about the plot, because it is very important: The story of the horror film, which was also marketed under the titles “The Lynched Revenge”, “Night by Night” and “Scarecrow – A Dead Strikes Back” takes place in a small, rural one Village in the USA. On the one hand, it’s really nice there when Bubba Ritter (Larry Drake) and his little friend Marylee (Tonya Crowe) are looking for flowers together in front of a pretty country backdrop.

On the other hand, people live in the village who consider the grown-up Bubba, who is mentally on the same level as a child, to be dangerous and anyway to blame for all the evils in the world.

When Marylee is attacked by a dog in Bubba’s presence, the particularly narrow-minded postal worker Otis P. Hazelrigg (Charles Durning) assumes two things, both of which are incorrect: Marylee is dead and Bubba is her killer (had to happen at some point!). Otis rounds up a lynch mob who kills Bubba. Shortly thereafter, it becomes clear that Marylee is still alive and that Bubba even saved her life.

A touching, creepy story

The members of the lynch mob get away with it, but soon a higher power seems to provide bloody justice: One after the other Bubba’s captors are attacked, which – you can imagine – a scarecrow has to do with. These horror sequences are strong because an oppressive tension is constantly increasing in them and farm equipment – keyword crochet machine – is often used when killing.

Above all, however, “The Night of the Scarecrow” is an oppressive film because the village narrow-mindedness it portrays takes your breath away – without the entire village community coming across as narrow-minded. And above all there is the innocent friendship between Marylee and Bubba, which gives the scarecrow horror an unexpected sweetness.

You can watch “The Night of the Scarecrow” with a subscription to Amazon Prime Video *. Only the German version is offered, but it’s ok and the film briefly switches to English towards the end.

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