BOMB SHELTER Drill #2: DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW

Episode 2 ~ Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Jay McDowell and Kevin Schumm are back to talk about the next film pulled off the shelf for watching on the drive-in screen of your mind: Dark Night of the Scarecrow, a CBS made-for-TV movie (remember those?) that aired back before anyone had ever heard of Pumkinhead… In fact, this movie was the first feature length horror film with a scarecrow as its centerpiece, according to Aaron Crowell at HorrorHound Magazine.

In a small town in the Deep South, the mentally challenged Bubba befriends a young girl, causing some consternation among some of the town folk, including the mean-spirited mailman. After an accident leaves the girl injured, several men assume she’s dead and seek revenge on Bubba, killing him in a field while he hides by pretending to be the scarecrow.

In the days following, the men who killed Bubba are themselves victims of terrible acts of violence. Is the mysterious scarecrow Bubba’s ghost? Or is it an elaborate hoax?