Now that we’re in the full swing of a global pandemic, it’s a challenging time for the film industry to create and release new content. Audiences can’t go to movie theaters, and the rise of the streaming service has become ever clearer. Black Fawn Distribution have adapted by changing up their release game, offering films on a digital platform so that we can all practice safe social isolation procedures while still getting some fresh new scares.
Their newest digital release is the cult horror hit, Scarecrows. The distribution company has moved its release date up by three months to allow horror fans to enjoy all the frights the film has to offer from the necessary safety of their own homes. Scarecrows is set to debut on all major Canadian digital VOD platforms next Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and will receive a physical release once things have returned to some state of normalcy. The film has already become a sleeper hit in one of horror’s most interesting sub-genres.
Directed by Stu Stone (The Haunted House on Kirby Road, Jack of all Trades), Scarecrows follows four stoner teenagers who, while on a hike to find a secret lagoon, have no choice but to pass through an ominous cornfield. Unbeknownst to them, a psychotic farmer despises trespassers and has vowed to kill anyone who crosses his land by turning them into living scarecrows and leaving them to rot in his fields. Once one goes up… it never comes down.
The film stars Hannah Gordon, Mike Taylor, Umed Amin and Maaor Ziv. Scarecrows was co-written by Stu Stone and Adam Rodness, with Rodness serving as producer.
“Originally, the plan was to release Scarecrows this fall,” explains Black Fawn Distribution’s Operations Manager CF Benner. “However, we understand that people are doing the right thing by staying home right now and, since we had the ability to move up the release date, we figured why not? This really is a fun horror flick and, as a genre film distributor, it’s our responsibility to get films like Scarecrows out to horror fans, regardless of the circumstances.”
“When Black Fawn Distribution presented us with an opportunity to release Scarecrows across Canada, it was a no brainer for us,” states director Stu Stone. “We hope our film can help people escape the crazy cycle of watching stale reruns and old sporting events while doing the responsible thing during self-isolation. We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to share our film across Canada and thank Black Fawn Distribution for making it possible so quickly!”
“Making a movie in itself is a crazed task to begin with and there’s nothing more satisfying than being able to share it on your home turf,” concurs producer Adam Rodness. “Black Fawn Distribution has proven themselves as a powerful distribution outlet for genre films across the board. This is a valued partnership and we are proud of them being able to release Scarecrows across Canada.”
Scarecrows director Stu Stone will be taking over Black Fawn Distribution’s Instagram account (@blackfawndistribution) on May 19, 2020 as part of their “Takeover Tuesday” quarantine series. Following the takeover, Stu will be joining Black Fawn for an interview on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/blackfawndistribution) and Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/blackfawndistribution) at 7:00 PM (EST).
You can check out the trailer and poster for Scarecrows below.