You are here

schedule

SUBJECTS

Boys -- United States -- Drama, Children and violence -- United States -- Drama, Eustis, Helen. The fool killer -- Film and video adaptations, Murder -- United States -- Drama, Runaway children -- United States -- Drama

The Fool Killer

(Violent Journey)

Based on the novel by Helen Eustis

featuring

Edward Albert Jr., Anthony Perkins, Henry Hull, Dana Elkar,

In post–Civil War Tennessee, a young boy (Edward Albert Jr.) escapes abuse at home only to encounter Americana gone berserk, Johnny Appleseed gone to seed, in this eerily faithful rendering of Helen Eustis’s 1954 novel. He finds a “brother” in Milo (Anthony Perkins), a brain-damaged war vet living wild. But the violence the war unleashed, symbolized by the title fantasy, threatens their idyll. The fine Mexican cinematographer Alex Phillips Jr. seeks the American psyche in landscape and zooms in on Perkins’s assets—tenderness and surprise—in this forgotten film well worth rediscovering.

Judy Bloch
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Morton Fine
  • David Friedkin
Based On
  • the novel by Helen Eustis

Cinematographer
  • Alex Phillips Jr.
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 16mm
  • 99 mins
Source
  • BAMPFA
CINEFILES

CineFiles is an online database of BAMPFA's extensive collection of documentation covering world cinema, past and present.

View The Fool Killer documents  

The fool killer (exhibitor manual), Landau Releasing Organization, 1965

Displaying 1 of 1 publicly available documents.


View all The Fool Killer documentation on CineFiles.