Saturday, November 13, 2010
Scarecrow Gone Wild (2004)
Directed By: Brian Katkin (If I Die Before I Wake)
Ok, I'll admit it. There are several horror franchises I like to avoid at all cost. Leprechaun is one of those, and anything in this Scarecrow series is right up there as well. Sure, I've had a zillion chances to watch, Scarecrow Gone Wild, way before now, as well as the other two(?) films in this line, and I have ran far far away from it. However, the day has finally came. I have been backed into a corner, and I have been forced to watch this movie at long last! And it's as bad as I figured it would be. But at least we get Ken Shamrock and a hot Samantha Aisling in it.
So refusing to listen to their coach, (who is called "Coach" and is none other than Wrestler/MMA star Ken Shamrock) a group of college boys go to a corn field to haze the rookies! Somehow along the way one sick boy with diabetes gets tied up with our beloved scarecrow and not only brings him back alive again, but seems to become linked to him! What follows is just what I figured we'd get when I first saw this straight to DVD on the shelf of the local Movie Gallery way way back in 2004!!..Yeah, that means it sucks if you are not getting the hint.
This movie has a long list of things that is wrong with it so bare with me as I try to sum it up as simply as I can. The acting is just all over the place. From the lead to the performance of Ken Shamrock, who I'd expect more from since he WAS a pretty darn good Wrestler back in the day, and acting comes with that. And while I think Samantha Aisling is hot as all hell, I think her performance as "Beth" sucks as well..Sorry Samantha! But at the end of the day you can hang on to the fact you are still hot! I also think the plot of this film is silly and makes no sense what so ever, but maybe in some odd way that's the point? Also in some scenes look for the actor's marks on the floor, they are easy to spot.
Also I wouldn't be shocked if this movie was done totally in one or two takes per scene! I mean who was directing these guys again?? It just comes across as lame and that's not even counting the corny factor the movie is loaded with. Get this now, one guy wants to hook his friend up with a girl. But the guy seems scared of women and wants no part of it. So the guy goes for a jog with said girl, then has the lamest sex scene ever while his sick with diabetes friend gets dragged to a cornfield and hung up! But that's OK because as soon as he finds out he jumps out the bed like the flash, pretty much forgets the girl is alive, and runs to his friends aid as if his own life depended on it with some of the worst acting ever. Did I also mention that there seems to be a lot of homosexual undertones? Not that anything is wrong with that, but you should watch it and see if you pick up on them.
I mean what more can you say really? The movie is packed with jocks and their women, and at the end of the day the most interesting and deep character is probably the whore of the group, and she isn't around long enough to amount to anything. Also for a Scarecrow movie, I feel we seriously lack Scarecrow! Isn't he supposed to be a fun character? I've actually heard people say they liked the first film in this series. But there's too much lame-ness and not enough of him here. I also hate the lack of gore this movie has. But I guess if anything we at least get to see Ken Shamrock go one on one with a Scarecrow..Yippee!
This movie may give you a chuckle. It will for sure gives you a zillion eye rolls. And it would fit right at home on the Syfy Channel any night of the week than it would anywhere else, and I sure hope if you are reading this, this isn't a movie you already like. Because if it is, we may not be able to be friends any longer. Terrible..terrible..terrible.
The Rating (3.5/10)