though all of the episodes scared me, this one honestly terrified me! mainly because the scarecrow was really frightening, and because it was a brainless being that couldn't be reckoned with, it could only kill. the creepy atmosphere of the little farm-town and its desperate, shifty residents helped the scare-factor as well. the opening scene of the father's murder is horrible, as is the fact that it's a young boy who's being persued and who finds many of the bloodied, hacked-up bodies. whenever i think of the scene at the end where micki's trapped in a room with the thing who's meant to kill her, i almost go into a panic.
the story of a small farming-community so desperate for a good harvest that they turn possessed objects dispatching human sacrifices really harkens to a frighteningly primal part of the human race. it makes me think of books like harvest home, movies like the wicker man, and the practices of ancient cults like the Incas and the Druids - people whose only income and living was the land, who saw no price too high to pay to it.