I’m not a massive horror fan but from the outside looking in the genre seems to be saturated with possessed kids, creepy dolls, and weirdly, nuns.

It seems to me like extreme age is the real horror here; think about it: it’s either really young, creepy kids or really old, creepy women that tend to be the antagonists in these films – maybe people are just terrified of reliving their childhoods/growing old.

All I’m saying is that for once it’d be nice to see a 40-odd year-old being the baddie, you know, perhaps someone going through a midlife crisis and taking their male pattern baldness out on the local residents.

As you can tell I’m all for diversity in Hollywood, and speaking of diversity, it’s a crying shame you don’t see scarecrows in horror flicks anymore.

(I suppose the Creeper in Jeepers Creepers was one and Cilian Murphy did play The Scarecrow in Batman Begins, but aside from that the only famous scarecrow I can think of is the one from The Wizard of Oz, and how scary can he be, he didn’t even have a brain for Christ’s sake.)

But wait, what’s that?

Oh, just a film literally called ‘Scarecrows’ which promises to restore those crow scarers’ glory days.


Yep, Scarecrows is the latest bloody horror turning ever-so-annoying American jocks into living, rotting scarecrows, and from the trailer it looks jam-packed full of teenage torture, which is great if you’re into that kind of thing.

Firstly, here’s the synopsis:

‘While on a hike to find a secret lagoon, a group of friends have no choice but to pass through an ominous cornfield. Unbeknownst to them, the farm owner despises trespassers and has vowed to kill anyone who crosses his land by turning them into living scarecrows, leaving them to rot in his fields. Once one goes up… it never comes down.’

And secondly, that naaaaasty a** trailer:

Bit grim that, innit?

There is just something inherently creepy about scarecrows isn’t there – a bit like waxworks, mannequins, dolls, gnomes, leprechauns and anything else that vaguely resembles a person but isn’t actually human.

There’s also definite Jeepers Creepers vibes going on with a bit of Hostel thrown in for good measure, and I have to say it looks like whole load of terrifying fun.

Scarecrows, starring Hannah Gordon (Hurt), Mike Taylor (Pure) and Umed Amin (A Simple Favor) and co-written by Stone and Adam Rodness, premieres on VOD December 11 and DVD February 1 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Get it on your movie list ASAP.

Images via Uncork’d Entertainment/Universal Pictures/Miramax