A bickering couple, Thomas and Natalie, are stranded on a deserted, country lane, because their car has run out of fuel. After deciding to try and find a garage, they become lost and disorientated, and eventually happen upon a creepy looking Scarecrow. The scarecrow has an ominous sign around its neck which reads ‘Do Not Touch’ and, although Thomas is nervous and cautious, Natalie becomes intrigued by its apparent mysticism and is prepared to ignore the stark warning with chilling results.
Produced by Korky Films and Jam-AV, the movie draws upon classic, quintessentially British influences of old-fashioned horror, such as Tales of the Unexpected and Armchair Thriller.
The screenplay is by Lee Charlish, of Korky Films, who also directed the film. Jam-AV’s Jason Langdell is the Director of Photography and he also edited the movie.
Also on board is musician Chris Pemberton who will provide the film’s musical score and incidental theme. Chris is an established musician who has toured with James Blunt. He has also worked with the band Budapest, as well as John Grant and Damien Dempsey. Sound recording was provided by Damien Trent.
The film was shot in Warwickshire, in late-May, in Baginton and the picturesque Leasowe Farm in Radford Semele. This is where most of the action took place. Scarecrow’s crew consisted of a mixture of experienced and young local talent and was made on a miniscule budget.
The male lead is played by Adrian Annis, who has a wealth of acting experience gained in short and feature films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as TV. The female lead is played by Georgina Mellor, who made an acting return, after successful turns in Coronation Street, Footballer’s Wives and Hollyoaks, amongst other high-profile TV work. The eponymous Scarecrow was played by Nathan Lapworth.
The film was premiered at a private screening in Leamington Spa to an audience of around 100 people and since then it has been shown at festivals worldwide. It has also appeared on The Short Film Show on television.
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