You know the commercials with the people who only have a dollar and whine endlessly about how they can’t afford anything. Then someone comes along and say ‘ha ha, you can buy a sandwich or a gumdrop’, or something like that. Well if I came along, I’d say ‘you can produce this movie’, and still have enough left over for said gumdrop.
Now I do mean that in the most loving way I can. After watching this, Terror of Blood Fart Lake, and 667: Neighbor of the Beast, I have to say that Scarecrows… was the only one to be enjoyable, despite all having the same production values. ‘Lake’ will be reviewed; ‘667’ wasn’t worth the wear and tear of writing 1’s and 0’s to my jumpdrive in order to watch it later.
Not that the characters here don’t go over the top, but they could at least fit their roles. No 20 year olds trying to be big rig drivers, and fat girls trying to be Bo Derek. Acting in any case is terrible, save for the out of town deputy. If anyone gave a decent performance, it had to be him. Worst acting award goes to the wife beater, but still made me laugh, so all is well.
The plot has something to do with revenge against the sheriff after he killed off some union workers. Presumedly because only one guy worked at a time, while the rest drank coffee, but that’s only a guess. For some reason they rose from the dead, and for some other reason instead of zombies, they became scarecrows. There’s also the unanswered question as to why they want revenge, but rather than killing the sheriff, they are kept at bay by his offerings of tourists and other passerby’s.
So between the sherriff, the deputy looking for a simpler life, and the tourists, the plot goes on as they have to fight the scarecrows and figure out what’s going on. But I won’t bother with the plot much more, since there is a lot more to talk about regarding production values. For one, any scene taking place outside a house seems to be in the same physical location, with the same neighborhood houses in view. I think this was repeated about three times.
That said, I can’t really fault this movie for much since it didn’t have much to work with, and didn’t try to be more than that, nor tried to be a ‘bad movie’, so that alone entertained me.