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Homicidal (1961)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | June 1961 (USA)
The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.




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Complete credited cast:
Karl Anderson
Miriam Webster
Eugenie Leontovich ...
Helga Swenson
Doctor Jonas
Richard Rust ...
Jim Nesbitt
Alfred S. Adrims
Gilbert Green ...
Lt. Miller
Emily (as Jean Arless)


The story centers around a murderous scheme to collect a rich inheritance. The object of murder is Miriam Webster, who is to share in the inheritance with her half brother Warren, who lives with his childhood guardian Helga in the mansion where Warren and Mariam grew up. Confined to a wheelchair after recently suffering a stroke, Helga is cared for by her nurse Emily, a strange young woman who has formed a close bond with Warren. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

June 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den mystiske knivstikker  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The premiere was held at the Palace Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio with producer William Castle in attendance. See more »


The position of the knocker in Helga's hand changes between shots numerous times whenever she's using it. See more »


Emily: [to Helga] If it wasn't for me you would've been dead by now.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film Joan Marshall's characters Emily/Warren come out to face the audience, via split screen, and take a bow! See more »


Referenced in Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: Psycho (2015) See more »


Performed by Rawniggaz
Written by D. Michaeltine & B. Handsum
Lyrics by Scary D Satanik Buztz & Doorclosing
Courtesy of God Bap Ltd., AEP Inc.
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Another under rated horror classic

I watched this late one night on my own in the 1970s and was scared and shocked. For years I wondered who Jean Arliss was until I was able to do some research on the internet. William Castle was a master of horror and gimmicks. This was one of a few horror movies that really left an impression on me.

Other movies which scared me on TV as a child or teenager in the 1960s and 1970s were:- The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Psycho, Carnival of Souls, The Mad Magician and House of Wax.

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Jean Arless did her own voice for Warren!!! pearlbeach
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