"Scarecrow" typifies the average Syfy channel movie: a scenario short on plot but long on inane situations and dialogue. Yet, this is what gives this low-budget horror film its charm.
The breezy tale of a long-dormant scarecrow that comes to life in order to terrorize a group of young students and teachers is heavy on dialogue but features several nifty set pieces as well.
Lacey Chabert ("Party of Five," "Black Christmas") and Robin Dunne ("Sanctuary") star as former lovers and chaperones to a group of young people doing community service for their detention. This involves going to the farmhouse of Chabert and dismantling the scarecrow and bringing it into town.
As the students pile on to the school bus to head to their horror movie destination, guess which two will end up as victims of the CGI-induced scarecrow? Yup, the two bullies who are sexually active. Kudos to the Syfy channel (and the writers of "Scarecrow") for playing along with the rules of the horror genre.
"Scarecrow" features more bloody screams from its victims that any horror film in recent memory. And when Lacey, as one of the final two most attractive -- I mean, resourceful -- survivors teases the animated Scarecrow in a final bloody showdown, I dare you not to laugh yourself silly.
At a meager price of $15 for the DVD, "Scarecrow" is recommended for a no-brainer 85-minutes, even without one special feature included.