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DVD Review: William Castle's "Homicidal" (1961) Starring Glenn Corbett And Jean Arless

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Sony has reissued its 2002 special edition of producer William Castle's horror exploitation film Homicidal a burn-to-order DVD, although there is no mention of the extra bonus feature on the packaging or publicity for the film. (Sony seems determined not to capitalize on special features that are especially marketable to collectors.) Castle, of course, was the proud master of exploitation films and relished his reputation as the King of Schlock. He excelled in making low-budget, "quickie" films that often capitalized on major hit movies of the day. Castle seemed to fancy himself as a low-rent version of Alfred Hitchcock, who was also not shy about promoting his own image in connection with marketing his films and TV series. Castle's films were not meant to be taken seriously by critics but he did have high standards for the genre in which he worked and it's rare to find
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10 Shameless Alfred Hitchcock Rip-Offs

It has been said countless times before, but you are unlikely to find a director with as impressive a back-catalogue as Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Over thirty years on from the iconic filmmaker’s death in 1980 and he and his features are still the subject of unabashed fascination. Strangers on a Train, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho and The Birds, being but a small selection of the films that are still continuously shown on television and in independent cinemas on a regular basis.

It’s rare to meet a filmmaker who does not cite Alfred Hitchcock as a creative influence. The director’s fusion of classic glamour and cool with unexpected thrills and genre-bending narrative twists, set him far above many of his contemporaries – serving as an inspiration to countless filmmakers, from Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma to David Fincher and supposedly M. Night Shyamalan
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