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Homicidal -- A pretty but rather strange young nurse presides over a creepy household which consists of a mute stroke victim and a decidedly unmacho young man. HOMICIDAL! is directed by William Castle.

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Robb White (written by)
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Release Date:
June 1961 (USA) See more »
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SPECIAL "FRIGHT BREAK" * There will be a special FRIGHT BREAK during the showing of "Homicidal." Can you heart stand the challenge when the clock starts the COUNTDOWN! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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From Hitchcock to Castle to Wood or vice versa See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Corbett ... Karl Anderson
Patricia Breslin ... Miriam Webster
Eugenie Leontovich ... Helga Swenson
Alan Bunce ... Doctor Jonas
Richard Rust ... Jim Nesbitt
James Westerfield ... Mr. Adrims
Gilbert Green ... Lt. Miller
Joan Marshall ... Emily (as Jean Arless)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wolfe Barzell ... Olie (uncredited)
Teri Brooks ... Mrs. Forest (uncredited)

William Castle ... Himself (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Second Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Ralph Moody ... First Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Hope Summers ... Mrs. Martha Adrims (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Castle 
 
Writing credits
Robb White (written by)

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey 
 
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Shenberg .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
87 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-15 (2005) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | UK:12 (1996) | UK:X (1961) (cut) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
This was one of the most successful knock-offs of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). William Castle and Columbia had this in theaters a year after the release of "Psycho". Part of the reason for the delay was that, at the time "Psycho" went into release, Castle was still working on 13 Ghosts (1960).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The position of the knocker in Helga's hand changes between shots numerous times whenever she's using it.See more »
Quotes:
Alfred S. Adrims:Take this woman for your lawful weddded wife?
Jim Nesbitt:I guess so.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Stephen King's World of Horror (1986) (TV)See more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
From Hitchcock to Castle to Wood or vice versa, 21 September 2006
Author: RanchoTuVu from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

William Castle's Homicidal straddles a mile wide line between Hitchcock's consensus classic Psycho and Ed Wood's no budget foray into transvestitism, Glen or Glenda. That's probably reason enough for a lot of people to check Homicidal out, though apart from some nice details, there isn't a whole lot there. A couple of scenes on a stairway with a special track for a wheelchair, where a disabled old woman descends aren't bad, especially the latter, which is done in the semi-darkness as the film heads into those final ten minutes of terror, where the audience is warned in advance to clear the theater. Before that final act, a knife sharpener has to drive twenty miles to the big house to sharpen the special knife, a rush job, so that it can be used for the next victim. There's other little parts here and there that sort of make up for a general lack of direction, a newspaper headline blares "Homicidal Maniac!", and a subplot about Denmark and transsexual surgical procedures, that at the time were a bigger, darker, and juicier subject.

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