Praising novel The Scarecrow, one critic argued that author Ronald Hugh Morrieson had melded genres together into “a brilliant, hallucinatory mixture distinctively his own". The movie adaptation is another unusual melding; a coming of age tale awash with comedy, nostalgia, and a touch of the gothic. Taranaki teen Ned (Jono Smith) is worried that the mysterious arrival in town (US legend John Carradine) has murderous designs on his sister. The masterful narration is by Martyn Sanderson. The result: the first Kiwi film to win official selection at Cannes.
The Scarecrow enters deep into the Gothic mood only to cheerfully reject it.... The Scarecrow is often downright grotesque, but ultimately it regards small towns with an impartial affection.– Nicholas Reid, in A Decade of New Zealand Film - Sleeping Dogs to Came a Hot Friday
Made with the assistance of the NZ Film Commission.
Music composed by Andrew Hagen, Morton Wilson, and Phil Broadhurst.