Film / Scarecrows

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Scarecrows is a 1988 horror film.

Following their robbery of the Camp Pendleton pay-roll, a group of ex-military personnel hijack a plane to bail to Mexico. They end up getting double-crossed by one of their own, who parachutes out of the plane with the money. The rest of the gang gives chase, and they all end up at some cornfields and a farmhouse where an extremely vicious and territorial group of scarecrows are prowling around.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Antagonist Title: The living scarecrows take top billing.
  • Anti-Villain: Corbin is arguably the most considerable of the robbers. When he decides to escape the cornfield, he takes Kellie with him.
  • Asshole Victim: Most of the bank robbers since they also took a pilot and his daughter hostage to get away. Averted with Corbin.
  • Body Horror: The things the scarecrows end up doing to their victims are not pretty to say the least.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: If Burt hadn't double crossed the others and stole the money for himself, then maybe the whole scarecrow situation would have been avoided. (For them at least.)
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: One member's corpse is found stuffed with the heist money.
  • Dark Is Evil: The film is set entirely at night and the scarecrows are downright horrifying.
  • Death by Materialism: Roxanne keeps going after the money even after realizing how dangerous the scarecrows are. Gets her killed brutally.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "I think this place is possessed by demonic demons." Immediately lampshaded.
  • Demonic Possession: Visual cues inside the house in the cornfield imply that the scarecrows were brought to life using unholy rituals. They also convert victims into one of their kind. Bert, Jack, and Al suffer this fate.
  • Downer Ending: Kellie is the only remaining survivor as the robbers and her father were killed. From the way she screams in the ending, it's clear that the events will haunt her for life.
  • Evil Phone: Somehow, the scarecrows can intercept their walkie-talkies and mimic the robber's voices. Scarecrow Jack calls an insane Curry with a clearly-defunct telephone using this power.
  • Eye Scream: Al the pilot loses an eye when barbed wire is wrapped around his head posthumously.
  • Facial Horror: When Jack returns as a scarecrow, he has no lips.
  • Final Girl: Kellie.
  • Fingore: A zombified Bert has his fingers accidentally bitten off.
    • Roxanne ends up accidentally tearing her fingers off when her hands get impaled into the ground with a pitchfork and she has to yank it free.
  • Genius Loci: The farmland itself may be this, or it may be the influence of the scarecrows. When the robbers enter the area, things start to go active, but once they all leave everything suddenly becomes inactive once again as if it's going back to sleep.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Scarecrow Bert has a sloppily-stitched cut on his torso stuffed with the money that the robbers stole.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Corbin blows up along with Kellie's resurrected father to save Kellie.
  • Immune to Bullets: Despite riddling a torso with tons of bullets, it had to take a neck chop with a machete to incapacitate a resurrected Bert.
  • Ironic Echo: One of the scarecrows' mind games. They mimic the things that the people on the farm said after killing them in order to freak the remaining living people out.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: The plot takes place at the haunted cornfield because Bert betrays the rest of the team by parachuting off the plane with the stolen cash. The robbers have no choice but to land to get their money back.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: No concrete explanation is offered as to why the scarecrows are alive, though some of the criminals have theories after seeing the remaining pictures and belongings in the farmhouse. It may suggest that the owners were dabbling in black magic, and after they died (or left the area), whatever spells they cast remained on the land.
  • Off with His Head!: The resurrected Bert gets his head sliced off.
  • Rule of Scary: The film is more or less fueled by it since it's never fully explained how the scarecrows are alive and what their powers are.
  • Sanity Slippage: Curry loses it, aided no doubt by the scarecrows playing mind games with him.
  • Scary Scarecrows: As should be apparent.
  • Technopath: The scarecrows seem to have this, given the above mentioned influence of the phones and walkie-talkies, and apparent control of the farm's generator. Also, one of their mind games is allowing Bert to briefly make a break for it in a truck, only for him to find after it breaks down that it doesn't even have an engine.
  • Villain Protagonist: The majority of the living characters with the exception of Kellie and her dad are bank robbers who kidnapped the two because they needed a plane. (Plus they killed at least 5 MPs and wounded several others.) Some of the robbers have Anti-Villain shades, some don't.