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The Scarecrow

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Original title
The Scarecrow
Running time
88 min.
New Zealand New Zealand
Sam Pillsbury, Michael Heath (Novel: Ronald Hugh Morrieson)
Andrew Hagen, Morton Wilson
James Bartle
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New Zealand National Film Unit / Oasis Films
Horror. Mystery
Synopsis / Plot
A murderer disguised as a magician seeks a teenage girl as his next victim. Can her brother save her?

One Summer's morning, 14-year-old Ned Poindexter and his friend Les discover that their chickens have been stolen. At the same time, 250 miles away in the city, a teenage girl is found floating in a pond - her throat cut.

The two crimes, one so trivial and the other so diabolical, so belong to the same story. In fact they're the opening frames of the film. A film in which an adolescent boy grapples with manhood, morality and the consequences of chicken stealing (both inflicted and perpetrated) while a murderer and sex maniac stalks his beautiful and beloved sister, the ripening Prudence.
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