30 May 2024
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
100 min.
Directed by Frank De Felitta.
With Charles Durning, Jocelyn Brando, Tonya Crowe, Larry Drake, Claude Earl Jones, Robert F. Lyons, Lane Smith, Ivy Jones.
Wonderfully eerie movie made for television horror film.

Charles Ritter, or "Bubba" as he's known, is a 36 year-old mentally challenged man who loves children. But when one of his child playmates experiences a horrible accident - and dies - the local townspeople blame Bubba.

Led by the mean-spirited Durning, a self-appointed vigilante team decides to take matters into their own hands, and dispense their own personal brand of brutal justice to Bubba...with disastrous consequences.

A stellar effort from beginning to end, with great performances and a harrowing sense of dread.

Very cool climax.

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