Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Blu-ray Review – Import

It’s Halloween a time where all film fans take time out to enjoy a night of truly terrifying horror movies and that’s exactly what I intend to do. Dark Night of the Scarecrow blu-ray review is up next, this one’s a television film from 1981 and has a rather scary title.

  • Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) – Import
  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed by Frank De Felitta
  • UK Rating N/A
  • Discs: 1
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Blu-ray Review


Bubba is a grown man but has the mental age of a child, in fact her likes to play with young Marylee Williams. However following a tragic accident involving Marylee he is held responsible. That leads to four of the townsfolk including the mailman hunting him down with the intention of teaching him a lesson that means he won’t be able to carry out any further assaults.

Style / Direction

The film is directed by Frank De Felitta, this is a television film and therefore is shot in 4:3 aspect ratio. The locations used are very good and give the right vibe for a supernatural tale. Pacing wise its spot on, in fact I don’t really have any criticisms of the filmmaking.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is composed by Glenn Paxton and suits the style of film perfectly.

Acting / Characters

There acting is all very good, allowing the story to flow nicely. The likes of Charles Durning as mailman Otis P. Hazelrigg adds a touch of weight to proceedings whilst Tonya Crowe as the young girl Marylee Williams puts in an excellent performance.


  • Charles Durning as Otis P. Hazelrigg
  • Robert F. Lyons as Skeeter Norris
  • Claude Earl Jones as Philby
  • Lane Smith as Harliss Hocker
  • Tonya Crowe as Marylee Williams
  • Larry Drake as Bubba Ritter
  • Jocelyn Brando as Mrs. Ritter
  • Tom Taylor as D.A. Sam Willock
  • Richard McKenzie as Judge Henry
  • Ivy Jones as Mrs. Willams
  • James Tartan as Mr. Williams
  • Ed Call as Defense Attorney
  • Alice Nunn as Mrs. Bunch
  • John Steadman as Mr. Loomis

Conclusion: Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Film Review

Dark Night of the Scarecrow is a television film that has grown in status over the years meaning now it holds cult status among many horror fans. The reason is pretty simple, it’s a good story well told and well acted and that is why I recommend you take a look at this one especially now it’s been restored and released on to Blu-ray.

Dark Night of the Scarecrow

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Conclusion: Dark Night of the Scarecrow Blu-ray Review

The film has been fully restored and I have to say the picture quality is flawless, I have no complaints with this Blu-ray release, its absolutely excellent. Add to that there a rather good selection of extras including a documentary that details how the story was written and how it finally got made into a television movie despite being rejected several times.


  • Production Documentary (30 mins)
  • Q&A With Larry Drake, Tonya Crowe & J.D Feigelson (46 mins)
  • Rebroadcast Promo
  • Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
  • Director & Writer Commentary
  • CBS Network World Premiere Promo

Popcorn Cinema Rating:

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)




Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version

That concludes the Dark Night of the Scarecrow blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:

Summary: Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Blu-ray Review - Import
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Blu-ray Review

Movie title: Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Duration: 96 mins

Director(s): Frank De Felitta

Actor(s): Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones, Lane Smith, Tonya Crowe, Larry Drake, Jocelyn Brando, Ed Call

Genre: Horror

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras


A really good supernatural story well told and acted


  • Good Story/Acting
  • Picture Quality is Excellent


  • Not Available On Blu-ray In The UK