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Homicidal (1961)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  June 1961 (USA)
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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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Karl Anderson
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Miriam Webster
Eugenie Leontovich ...
Helga Swenson
Alan Bunce ...
Doctor Jonas
Richard Rust ...
Jim Nesbitt
James Westerfield ...
Mr. Adrims
Gilbert Green ...
Lt. Miller
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Emily (as Jean Arless)
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Storyline

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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A WORD OF WARNING! Please don't reveal the ending of this picture or your friends will kill you - IF THEY DON'T, I WILL! - William Castle See more »


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Den mystiske knivstikker  »

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Trivia

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

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

Quotes

Emily: [to Helga] If it wasn't for me you would've been dead by now.
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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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Referenced in 13 Frightened Girls! (1963) See more »

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William Castle thriller; "Psycho" on a low-budget...
14 May 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

William Castle-directed shocker involves a murderous nurse and her 'husband' complicating an inheritance matter. Jean Arless has the flashy leading role, but in the end it's just a gimmick and she's not quite up to the stunt (to her credit, nobody in the cast comes out looking particularly good, as Castle's direction and Robb White's script are equally unsure). The film was photographed by the highly-adept Burnett Guffey, but only the outdoor scenes have a competent appearance; the interiors are over-lit, with heavy shadows, mundane art direction and design (with a staircase only Norman Bates might be happy to own). The film is full of amusingly square attempts at hysteria, but this script is over-complicated and the pacing dawdles. The plot doesn't bear close scrutiny--with a tag at the finish that seems like an apology. Still, you gotta love that "fright break"! ** from ****


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