One of the most like­able aspects of Scream Factory is that they wear their fan­dom on their sleeve while doing their work. Their choic­es of titles show they are true chil­dren of the ‘80s, a fact reflect in their releas­es of titles like Terrorvision, Halloween III and Motel Hell. They aren’t afraid to go deep into the recess­es of ‘80s hor­ror to give an over­looked title some love — and that aspect of the label’s per­son­al­i­ty is on dis­play in their release of cult gem Scarecrows.

Scarecr-bluThings start off with a good trans­fer. It cap­tures the fre­quent night exte­ri­or pho­tog­ra­phy and the mut­ed col­or palet­te well, keep­ing the details nice and crisp. Both 2.0 stereo and 5.1 remix loss­less stereo tracks are pro­vid­ed. The 5.1 track was lis­tened to for this review and does a nice job of weav­ing Terry Plumeri’s creepy score and a few fun direc­tion­al sound effects through the rear speak­ers.

Scream Factory has also put in an impres­sive effort with the extras for this small but cult-beloved title. First up are two com­men­tary tracks. The first pairs direc­tor William Wesley and pro­duc­er Cami Winikoff with mod­er­a­tor Robert Galluzzo. The two film­mak­ers have plen­ty of sto­ries to share about the shoot, includ­ing some great sto­ries about actor/financier Ted Vernon, some war sto­ries about the phys­i­cal rig­ors of the swamp-based shoot (poi­so­nous mos­qui­tos were a par­tic­u­lar issue) and the chal­lenges in get­ting the final cut togeth­er. It’s a relaxed, con­ver­sa­tion­al track the gets a nice boost from the rap­port betweeScarecr-03n Wesley and Winikoff.

The oth­er track was mas­ter­mind­ed by extras pro­duc­er Michael Felsher and com­piles three inter­views into a track-length com­pos­ite. The three sub­jects are screen­writer Richard Jefferies, cin­e­matog­ra­pher Peter Deming and com­poser Terry Plumeri. It’s a full of great sto­ries, includ­ing a fun­ny account of how Jefferies got his screen­writ­ing job on this film, Deming dis­cussing the chal­lenges of shoot­ing a hor­ror film and Plumeri going deep into the com­po­si­tion­al specifics of how he put togeth­er the film’s sound­track. Felsher keeps them all primed with good ques­tions and gets neat side-sto­ries about their oth­er cred­its.

Scarecr-04Next up are a pair of inter­view fea­turettes. The first offers over 16 min­utes with FX design­er Norman Cabrera. He looks back with fond­ness at this first gig as a make­up effects pro­fes­sion­al, which found him learn­ing on the job at age 18. He also pro­vides some inter­est­ing details into how he cre­at­ed the scare­crow make­up and the detailed gore FX for a key scene. The oth­er inter­view is devot­ed to Ted Vernon, the col­or­ful financier who also act­ed in the film. He’s gen­uine­ly grate­ful over the film’s fol­low­ing and looks back with great fond­ness at the pro­duc­tion, though he admits to knock­ing heads with the direc­tor some­times. He also tells a fun­ny sto­ry about blow­ing up a portable toi­let(!).

The extras areScarecr-05 round­ed out by a set of sto­ry­boards, a still gallery and a trail­er. The sto­ry­boards are pre­sent­ed via an ani­mat­ed gallery that runs just under four min­utes and they have a fun comic-book style. The still gallery focus­es on behind-the-sce­nes images, includ­ing plen­ty of FX details with a grin­ning Cabrera near­by. The trail­er is a fun roller­coast­er of a spot that leans heav­i­ly on the film’s unique mon­sters.

In short, this is anoth­er solid Scream Factory release that will please ‘80s hor­ror fans. If that’s your hor­ror sweet spot, this a nice, com­pre­hen­sive release worth pick­ing up.

To read Schlockmania’s film review of Scarecrows, click here.