Cinema: Boy Meets Bogeyman

The Fool Killer is a "big tall feller" who carries a chopper for chopping fools. His work is cut out for him in this somewhat foolish mystery thriller based on a novel by Helen Eustis.

Set in the period after the Civil War, the plot tells of a twelve-year-old runaway (Edward Albert, son of Eddie) who recalls the nightmarish myth of the Fool Killer when he falls in with a former soldier (Tony Perkins) suffering from amnesia and other psychic ills. After the ax murder of a revivalist preacher, Perkins disappears, but returns unexpectedly once the boy has settled down with a...