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Scarecrows (1988)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: D     Film: C-



William Wesley’s Scarecrows (1988) arrives at the end of the 1980s slice & dice cycle, but tries to mix that kind of Horror (using more than one protagonist with mixed results) with a subplot of soldiers-turned-criminals being increasingly violent and desperate, the Richard Jeffries/Wesley screenplay does neither very well.  However, it is atypical enough of the cycle that fans may still want to see it once.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is soft and shows its age, its low budget and still has the advantage of no bad digital effects.  It also has Director of Photography Peter Deming, the only known name here, who shot Evil Dead 2 and has since lensed My Cousin Vinny, Lost Highway, a couple of Austin Powers films, The Jacket, I Heart Huckabees and From Hell.  He is the #1 reason to see this at all.  Originally issued in theatrical analog Ultra Stereo, the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo claims to have Pro Logic surrounds, but has more distortion than expected instead and no real surrounds.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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