Scarecrows – Canada, 2017

‘Once you go up, you never come down.

Scarecrows is a 2017 Canadian horror feature film co-produced and directed by Stu Stone (The Haunted House on Kirby Road; actor in TarVampire ApocalypseDonnie Darko) from a screenplay co-written with co-producer Adam Rodness (The Haunted House on Kirby Road; actor in Hemlock Grove). The 5’7 Films production stars Hannah Gordon, Mike Taylor and Maaor Ziv.

While on a hike to find a secret “luxury” lagoon, four teenagers have no choice but to pass through an ominous cornfield. Unbeknownst to them, the farm owner despises trespassers and has vowed to kill anyone who crosses his land by turning them into living scarecrows, leaving them to be pecked to death by crows and rot in his fields…

Reviews:

” …although Scarecrows has one or two original ideas of its own and a couple of gore-filled torture scenes, the overly hackneyed ‘reckless and dumb teens on vacation’ scenario, the obnoxiously shallow characters you enjoy to see dying, and the lack of tension slash this one’s chances to be bloody fun at least.” CineMarvellous!

“Technically okay, but that’s it. Scarecrows is not exactly what you would expect from a successful horror movie. The characters are annoying and unwise […] Violence is rarely used, which is unsatisfactory given the fact that Scarecrows belongs to the backwoods horror section.” Filmchecker [translated from German]

Scarecrows isn’t the worst thing I have seen this year, it’s not the best, but it is certainly one of the more underdeveloped treatments in recent memory. Almost a blank slate of ideas really. Director and Co-writer Stone make up for these lapses with some snappy editing and clean smash cuts.” Horror Buzz

Release:

Scarecrows premiered on VOD on December 11, 2018, and DVD on February 1, 2019, via Uncork’d Entertainment.

Cast and characters:

  • Hannah Gordon … Ash
  • Mike Taylor … Nick
  • Maaor Ziv … Devon
  • Umed Amin … Ely
  • Jason J. Thomas … The Father
  • Derek Christoff … The Son
  • Austin Duffy … Teen #1
  • Sammi Barber … Teen #2 – Deadly LessonsThe Haunted House on Kirby Road
  • Andy Dynes … The Runner
  • Austin Duffy … Truggers
  • Sammi Barber … Becca
  • Meagan Pringle … Devon Body Double

Filming locations:

Goodwood and Markham, Ontario, Canada

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