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MOVIE REVIEW: “SCARECROWS” is good for a laugh but skimps on gore

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Indie Films, Review


Starring Hannah Gordon, Mike Taylor, Umed Amin 
Directed by Stuart Stone (As Stu Stone)
Written by Adam Rodness, Stuart Stone (as Stu Stone)

In SCARECROWS a gaggle of teens (two boys and two girls) decide to eschew their plans of going to the beach and visit an isolated lagoon instead. Not-so-subtle hints towards this being a bad idea soon present themselves, though they are disregarded by the two boys Farbsie (Mike Taylor) and Ely (Umed Amin) who are looking forward to having a bit of fun. Ultimately, the boys’ testosterone gets the better of them and the girls, when the owner of the land they are trespassing decides to teach them all a lesson – by turning them into living SCARECROWS.

A strong dose of humour carries the film along and fleshes out scenes and characters that otherwise would fall flat. This aspect alone might even earn SCARECROWS a cult following. Additionally, everyone involved added an extra dimension to their mostly one sided characters. Credit each actor with adding a lot of flare, which ultimately goes a long way to elevating SCARECROWS from its bare bones brethren.

I could go on about the film’s other strengths i.e. its cinematography, soundtrack, pacing, etc. but I think you get the gist. I like this film. My only gripe would have to be the lack of copious gore. Conceptually, SCARECROWS is quite gruesome, however those anticipating a gut churner will be sorely disappointed. Sure, there are a few scenes that are worth wincing over, but ultimately none of these are truly nauseating.

SCARECROWS may not be the grue-fest that some might be hoping for, and it may not be overly original, but it’s a funny, well-cast, well shot, and deserves to be seen at least once.

SCARECROWS hits VOD December 11th and DVD February 1st.

Glenn Tolle
Glenn Tolle grew up with a healthy interest in the macabre. His dad worked, and still works, as a grave digger, and much of his childhood was spent running around cemeteries and reading creepy books. All this combined with early viewings of the classic Universal monster movies led him to writing about the genre. He writes not only for RUE but also for under the pen name Glenn Strange. When not writing about horror Glenn talks about and interviews people within the horror and film community for the YouTube channel Psychic Celluloid Signals and creates original horror stories for publication.