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Homicidal (1961)

Cast: Glenn Corbett, Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, more...
Director: William Castle, William Castle
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Horror, Slashers
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
Homicidal represents producer/director William Castle's slant on Hitchcock's Psycho. The film concerns a young woman named Miriam Webster (Patricia Breslin) who seemingly has everything a girl could want - including a successful flower shop business, and a handsome beau, Karl (Glenn Corbett), who works as a pharmacist. Events take a turn for the worse, however, when Miriam's half-brother, Warren, returns from Europe - with a rather unpleasant friend in-tow: a blonde named Emily (Jean Arless). Emily promptly sets about destroying Miriam's life: the newcomer attempts to wheedle Karl away from Miriam, then rips the flower shop to pieces, then ultimately reveals a little taste for knife-wielding that directly threatens Miriam's safety. Like The Tingler and other Castle outings, this one originally featured a gimmick, preserved in the video release: a "fright-break" just prior to the climax, which allowed terrified audience members approximately 45 seconds to get out of their seats and leave the theater - to avoid the prospect of being "frightened to death." One look at Jean Arless's credit in the cast listing betrays the final twist in this one, directly (and unapologetically) lifted by Castle from Psycho. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Endearing Shock-and-Schlock B-Movie by xscd July 25, 2005 - 7:35 AM PDT
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This movie, by shock-and-schlock meister William Castle, is charming for three reasons: 1) it is so full of melodrama, cliches and ideas stolen from better writers and directors (like Alfred Hitchcock) that it is genuinely funny; 2) those ideas are so contrived yet so well-done that they are effective in their own right, although you feel like the director is pulling your leg even as he is trying to scare you; 3) viewing this high-contrast black-and-white window into the early 1960s, before Kennedy was assassinated, is like unearthing a forgotten time capsule full of evocative details.




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