Runtime: 84 minutes
Release Date: November 6, 2009
Director: Pete Benson, Andy Thompson
*Gasp* could it be? Could I actually watch two horror films in a row and enjoy them both? The answer is, yes, absolutely. "The Scar Crow" is one of those films that I once again stumbled across accidentally. My Family Video runs a special deal where you can pay $9.99 and get half-price rentals for one month, which I do every few months. I wind up pulling random films off the nearly new wall and from the classics section to review horror films I never heard about, and "The Scar Crow" was one of those films.
The film starts off with three sisters living in the eighteenth century with their father, who takes the idea of family love a little too far. Since he has no wife, he needs to get his loving somehow, right? While the girls put up with it for awhile, they finally decide to take a step back. The film then jumps to the present day, or at least 2009.
A group of friends accidentally stumble upon a farm where three sisters live, who just so happen look exactly like the sisters from before. They offer the boys a place to stay, food, and other "amenities." The only problem is that they have no alcohol, so they send the boys into town to get some. After having a few drinks at the bar, they mention the farm and the locals seem confused. They point out that the farm was abandoned years ago and that no one lives there. While most of us might think twice about going back, the guys decide that they must have described the place badly and that the locals must be talking about another farm. Naturally, things start going wrong as soon as they get back, and the sisters make it clear that if they have their way, the boys won't walk away unscathed.
"The Scar Crow" is another of those horror films produced on a very low budget that is more entertaining than most Hollywood big-budget horror flicks. There are a few moments when the lack of funding becomes abundantly clear, but the directors manage to shrug off those scenes. One of the moments that stick out in my mind is a scene that involves one of the strapping young men on a bed with blood and guts coming out from all sides. Look at that scene, and tell me that you saw something better in a major motion picture.
Granted, this isn't the best horror film that I've seen, but it did capture my attention and keep it off my new book sitting next to me, which is more than I can say for some of the more recent horror films.