While on a hike to find a secret lagoon, a group of friends must pass through an evil looking cornfield. Little do they know that the owner of that cornfield turns any trespassers into living scarecrows that rot in his fields.
This film goes from teenagers on vacation to stoner comedy to backwoods slasher pretty quickly in its hour and twenty-five-minute running time. It’s the first film I’ve seen where an insane farmer sews peoples’ mouths shut and hangs them as living scarecrows that get their appendages bitten off by birds. So there’s that.
Directed and co-written by Stu Stone (Ronald Fisher from Donnie Darko), Scarecrows works best when it moves away from comedy and becomes pure horror. It has nothing to do with 1988’s Scarecrows other than its title. However, there are some decent practical FX and some pretty intense lighting and mood during the film’s torture scenes.
Scarecrows premieres on VOD December 11 and will be released on DVD February 1.
Disclaimer: We were sent a screener of this film, which has nothing to do with our review.