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Anatomy of a Psycho (1961)

The crazed brother of a condemned killer sent to the gas chamber swears vengeance on those he holds responsible for his brother's execution.

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Mickey
Pamela Lincoln ...
Pat
Darrell Howe ...
Chet
Judy Howard ...
Sandy
Michael Granger ...
Lt. Mac (as Michael Grainger)
Frank Killmond ...
Bobbie
Russ Bender ...
Frank (as Russell Bender)
Don Devlin ...
Moe
William Salzwedel ...
Duke
Robert Stabler ...
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John B. Lee ...
District Attorney
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Driven to the edge of insanity by the execution of his older brother, Chet is boiling over with hatred. After getting his face slashed in a senseless alley-way brawl, his paranoia begins to paint everyone around him as an enemy. He turns to his sweet younger sister, his slutty girlfriend, and even his old poker buddies for solace, but all of them have real or imagined links back to the ill-fated trial that condemned his brother, thus aggravating Chet's psychosis. After viciously assaulting the prosecuting attorney's son, the troubled youth draws the relentless attention of detective Lt. Mac. Spiraling out of control, Chet commits an arson and then a senseless murder. With Lt. Mac ratcheting up the pressure, Chet sinks deeper and deeper into the bottomless pit of his own psychotic delusions. Written by alfiehitchie

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A Psychotic Killer prowls the night! ... Will he be stopped before he kills again? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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(Glen Glenn Sound) (as Glen Glen Sound)

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1.37 : 1
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The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1961. See more »

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Better Than I Expected
19 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chet has a strange attachment to his older brother that was executed. He has a sister, Pat, that will reveal more about the older brother - reminding Chet of who his older brother was but Chet feels differently about him. In the film, we watch Chet spiral into madness and built up anger over the death/execution of his older brother.

It is true this film is slow at times but the film is better than it's given credit for. I do believe this film will bore some crowds - in particular the younger crowds that want a lot of action. This film is little action and all crime-drama with a few thrills. Worth a watch for fans of the older crime-dramas.

5.5/10


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