Schlock-Wire: T.V. Terror Classic DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW Coming To DVD This Fall From VCI

This is some exciting news for fans of vintage made-for-t.v. horror fare: Dark Night Of The Scarecrow is finally coming to DVD.  The new disc from VCI is going to be remastered from the original elements and will boast a commentary track and a deleted scene.  Keep reading for all the rural-revenge details – and please note that VCI had the good taste to quote the AMG review of Dark Night Of The Scarecrow penned by Your Humble Reviewer


“Scary as hell!” Stuart Gordon, Director of Re-Animator

“Terrific script…terrific film!” Ray Bradbury

“This classic began the whole scarecrow genre.” HorrorHound Magazine

“Mar-vel-ous! I was terrified!” Vincent Price

“Now… I fear scarecrows!” Gunnar Hansen “Leatherface”

“one of the best made-for-television horror films ever…” – Donald Guarisco, AMG Review

When young Marylee Williams (Tonya Crowe) is found viciously mauled, all hell breaks loose in her small rural town. Officious Post Master Otis P. Hazelrigg (Charles Durning) leads a gang of bigots in pursuit of the suspect, her mentally challenged friend Bubba Ritter (Larry Drake). Finding him hiding inside a scarecrow, they exact brutal mob “justice”… only to discover a tragic mistake! Now a strange apparition stalks the land seeking each of them out, and the legend of the Scarecrow begins.

• Debuted October 24, 1981 on CBS with a record breaking 38 share nationally.

• Ran 2 consecutive years on CBS for Halloween then continued for 7 more years on Turner.

• Passed standards and policies for family viewership on television for a made for television horror film.

• Has achieved a cult status and spawned multiple fansites and forums pushing for its DVD release.

• Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene.

• Remastered in high definition from the 35mm negative with a new 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Mix.

Special DVD Features:

Commentary with Frank De Felitta and J.D. Feigelson, plus the original

CBS promo for the movie. English and Spanish subtitles.

UPC:089859820021 / ITEM #8200 / ISBN: 1-55739-666-3

CASE LOT QTY: 30 / $19.99 SRP / ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1

Dolby Digital 5.1 / NTSC / All Region / English Language

1981 / Color / Not Rated / 96 min

Pre-Order Date: 8/31/2010

Street Date: 9/28/2010

4 Replies to “Schlock-Wire: T.V. Terror Classic DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW Coming To DVD This Fall From VCI”

  1. Great news! The first airing was a really huge event around here, one of those experiences everybody in my generation remembers. I didn’t know that it was so succesful too in its country of origin, that’s great. I’m sure this will be released here, but I want the commentary, so I’ll get this in region 1 🙂

    1. Oh, yes – DARK NIGHT was a staple of cable t.v. Halloween screening for a good few decades after its initial airing.

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