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      The Fool Killer

      Released Apr 28, 1965 1 hr. 39 min. Adventure List
      Reviews 80% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score After years of abuse from his foster parents, 12-year-old George Mellish (Edward Albert) runs away. Wandering the post--Civil War landscape of Tennessee, George is first taken in by Dirty Jim Jelliman (Henry Hull), a hard-drinking old man who tells him the legend of the "Fool Killer," murderer of the foolish. When George meets disturbed ex-soldier Milo Bogardus (Anthony Perkins), he begins to suspect the nervous young man might be the killer in real life. Read More Read Less

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      matthew w A sort of Mexican Cormac McCarthy fest--strong elements of BLOOD MERIDIAN and THE ROAD. Joe Dante introduced it as "Huck Finn meets NIGHT OF THE HUNTER," which is not a bad idea, if perhaps a tad overgenerous. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/05/19 Full Review Audience Member A good watch with good camrea work , great acting and a relitivly good plot Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member A fantastic movie ; not a horror movie ; the touching friendshiop between a young boy and an adult amnesic man. Anthony Perkins shows us a further face of his strange talent ; here ususally smart perkins portrays a tramp. And the young Edward Albert is very good. Strange habits of a certain social class, after the shock of the Civil War used as a background ; very well depicted. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Lana Wood, who played a young Alice in The Fool Killer, is scheduled to appear at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 18-20, in Hunt Valley, Md., at the Hunt Valley Wyndham Hotel. Also scheduled to appear are Piper Laurie, Veronica Cartwright, Angela Cartwright, Lee Meredith, George Lazenby, and more. More information is at http://midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member I saw "The Fool Killer" on its initial release in Dallas, Tx. I'm Puzzled why this film hasn't produced a cult status. Many less well-made films are available on DVD. This film languishes in VHS only. The film had a mystical quality, excellent acting and dedicated direction by Servando Gonzalez. This was Edward Albert's first film and he handled his role as the runaway boy very well. Anthony Perkins gave an intresting performance as the mysterious vagabond. Hopefully film buffs will discover this film with it's most unusual story-line. I thought the final scene hauntingly beautiful. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault Very slow but seductive and, in its strange way, disturbing. Rated: A Nov 29, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis After years of abuse from his foster parents, 12-year-old George Mellish (Edward Albert) runs away. Wandering the post--Civil War landscape of Tennessee, George is first taken in by Dirty Jim Jelliman (Henry Hull), a hard-drinking old man who tells him the legend of the "Fool Killer," murderer of the foolish. When George meets disturbed ex-soldier Milo Bogardus (Anthony Perkins), he begins to suspect the nervous young man might be the killer in real life.
      Director
      Servando González
      Executive Producer
      Worthington Miner
      Screenwriter
      Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin
      Distributor
      Allied Artists Pictures
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 28, 1965, Original