“The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can’t pick the same horror film more [than] once. So once you pick say THE EXORCIST for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can’t [pick] it again for any other day [whatsoever,] including favorite horror film.”

Source: Dollar Bin Horror

Day 23 – Your favorite made for TV horror film
Film: Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) – dir. Frank De Felitta

Today saw a last-minute change due to a recent viewing.  Until a few days ago, I’d never even seen this film, but seeing as I can barely remember the entirety of the film that almost took today (Stephen King’s It), Dark Night of the Scarecrow could have been a mediocre film and still won the slot.  Fortunately for me, Scarecrow is better than mediocre, filled with a solid story, good acting, and some inventive “tv-safe” deaths.

Dark Night of the Scarecrow is a murder-and-revenge story that sees four men killing a local handicapped boy falsely accused of murder.  The young girl in the film does an excellent job, as do the four male leads.  There is no one who doesn’t do a nice job, in fact.  This film has only recently been released on DVD (which is how I got to see it), and anyone who enjoys this era of made for TV horror should give Dark Night of the Scarecrow a rental.

Branden Chowen
Editor-in-Chief at Cinefessions
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn't until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor's and master's degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.