Who is J.D. Feigelson? Well, perhaps you’ve heard of a little movie called Dark Night of the Scarecrow. If not, then you’re really missing out – it’s the story of a mentally handicapped man (Larry) who is blamed for the murder of a young girl and lynched by a group of bigoted small-town citizens in the manner of a scarecrow. Sure enough, the accusation proves false, and the men are picked off one by one by someone or something dressed as – what else – a scarecrow.
While the film is a made-for-TV piece from the early ’80s, Dark Night of the Scarecrow is easily a high mark for televised. It is a simple, elegantly directed film sporting an utterly masterful script by Mr. Feigelson. I couldn’t walk away from the convention without meeting the man.
Luckily, he had a single Blu-ray left, which he generously sold to me for a paltry price. We talked Scarecrow and the film’s fan response, and Feigelson was eager to set up an interview for the site. Given his body of work, which includes everything from the Austin Stoker vehicle Horror High to Wes Craven’s Chiller, it should be a promising piece for Yell! Nevertheless, he was an extremely kind and thoughtful man and horror fans should be very thankful that HorrorHound and The Monster Channel brought him out.
The day passed quickly and before I knew it, 5:00 p.m. loomed on the horizon. Vendors, celebrities and fans steadily began packing up their stuff and heading out. I found Michael Felsher at the hotel bar as I was departing, and on the spur of the moment requested an interview and, wouldn’t you know it, he was a good enough guy to agree on the spot. What transpired was a two-hour long conversation about DVD producing, the state of the genre, conventions, and independent film endeavors that easily ranks among my favorite journalistic pursuits thus far.
You’ll have to wait for next week to read it though – I’m still sore from the walking, talking, meeting, and greeting of HorrorHound, Columbus nearly a week after it ended. As Jayme and I packed up the car to drive home, bracing ourselves for her sickly return, I felt a swell of excitement about my experiences, and a pang of regret that it was all over. I survived HorrorHound and have the battle scars to prove it, but I can’t help but wish I could do it all over again. Well, actually Cinema Wasteland is going on in Strongsville, Ohio, this weekend. I wonder if I could scrounge together the gas money –