Today’s Halloween sketch is a little gem straight out of the early 1980s and a special Halloween treat for my buddy Matt.
As some of you may know, the late 70s and into the 80s was a Made-For-TV horror lovers dream. It seemed that ever network was jumping on the spooky band wagon, with the Tobe Hooper’s TV mini-series “Salem’s Lot” (based on the Stephen King novel), the demonic road raged “The Car”, “The Day After” (ok, so it isn’t actually a horror, but it was scary), “The Night Gallery”, the Alien inspired “The Intruder Within” and many others.
But, one is often over looked. Straight from 1981 to you- “Dark Night of the Scarecrow”. The story of a retarded man, Charles Elliot “Bubba” Ritter (played by Larry Drake) is unjustly accused of attacking a young girl. Disguised as a scarecrow, he hides in a cornfield, only to be hunted down and shot by a posse lead by the brooding, mean-spirited postman Otis Hazelrigg (played by Charles Durning). Later, after it is revealed he saved the girl from a vicious dog attack and members of the murderous search posse start getting killed off one by one by a mysterious scarecrow.
It is a pretty decent film, if you get the chance check it out.