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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
In the 1962 family comedy "Zotz!", also directed by William Castle, a boy and girl go to see Homicidal at a drive-in. A short clip is shown from the POV of the drive-in audience. The boy makes a wisecrack "What's she hanging' around there for? What a kook!" and is told to be quiet by his date. See more »
The position of the knocker in Helga's hand changes between shots numerous times whenever she's using it. See more »
Obviously intended to frighten, director William Castle's psycho trip, instead, amuses. Joan Marshall (as Emily)'s homicidal performance may be unconvincing on a technical level; but, she performs it endearingly, and with a straight face. Glenn Corbett (as Karl) and Patricia Breslin (as Miriam) are an attractive vis a vis. And, Eugenie Leontovich (as Helga) is a "knock-out" (note: stroke victims may want to see what else is on). Don't miss the beginning, when Ms. Marshall propositions handsome bellhop Richard Rust for marriage, but not sex, then loses control on her wedding day. Also, enjoy Burnett Guffey's photography. "Homicidal" screams out for a TV-movie or home video remake, with the "fight break" replaced by a "bathroom break".
****** Homicidal (7/26/61) William Castle ~ Joan Marshall, Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich
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