A healthy dose of directorial style and energy makes this prosaic low-budget chiller a tense, entertaining diversion.
Claire Goodman (Elizabeth Barondes) returns to her prosperous farming hometown, where her father William (Gary Lockwood) is mayor. She soon becomes friendly with construction foreman Dillon Hale (John Mese). Good-for-nothing Danny Thompson (John Hawkes) goes on a drunken joyride with a tractor and
cracks open a stone tomb in a field; an evil spirit escapes and possesses a scarecrow (Howard Swain) that kills Claire's uncle George (Dirk Blocker). Claire discovers the body and briefly spots the scarecrow, yet the rest of her family insists the death...