The Scarecrow (1982 film)

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The Scarecrow
Directed by Sam Pillsbury
Written by Michael Heath
Based on The Scarecrow
by Ronald Hugh Morrieson
Starring John Carradine
Jonathan Smith
Tracy Mann
Daniel McLaren
Release date
  • 1982 (1982)
Country New Zealand
Language English

The Scarecrow is a 1982 New Zealand film, also known as Klynham Summer in America. It was directed by Sam Pillsbury based on the 1963 horror novel by New Zealand author Ronald Hugh Morrieson.[1]


One night a girl is slain in the woods of a small town, two teenagers, Sam and Les, inadvertently cross the killer's path while robbing the hens of Victor the school bully. According to Sam Edwards the film is not as bleak as the novel. Small-town New Zealand in the 1950s is puritanical on the surface but depraved to its depths.



  • Scarecrow: A Film Study Guide by Brian McDonnell (1982, Longman Paul Auckland) ISBN 0582683734
  • New Zealand Film 1912-1996 by Helen Martin & Sam Edwards p81 (1997, Oxford University Press, Auckland) ISBN 019 558336 1

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