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

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When the justice of the peace asks for the money for the marriage certificate, Emily hands it to him twice. See more »

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Prologue Host: We've been to Haunted Hills, and through Tinglers, and even Ghosts... but now we're going to meet a group of people who just happen to be... Homicidal.
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William Castle does needlepoint as he introduces the movie, then shows it as the movie's title, followed by the beginning credits which are also in needlepoint. See more »

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Homicidal
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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Loses Something Over Time, I Fear
25 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Warren returns from Denmark, he has a new bride: Emily. People should be excited, but some are worried. There are growing suspicions that Emily might be homicidal, especially after a justice of the peace is witnessed murdered by an unsuspecting groom.

Of William Castle's films, I found this one to be a bit on the lesser side. Not that it's a bad movie. It's not. Very interesting (it's slammed as a "Psycho" knock-off, but that's not fair). And there's actual blood and stabbing, which was more serious than many of his comic ventures. And the acting from Warren should be commended.

However, my biggest problem with this is that the plot doesn't make much sense until the end is revealed, which makes some scenes tedious. A murder early on seems to have no motivation or purpose. And since I knew the twist in advance, it seemed really obvious the whole time. I'm not sure if unsuspecting viewers will pick up on the twist, but I found it to be a dead giveaway.

Regardless, this is a good film and worth seeing. I find "The Tingler" to be better, and maybe even "Zotz". But "Homicidal" is classic in its own right.


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