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Homicidal -- A woman with a dark and terrifying secret kills a justice of the peace, and it is up to the police to figure out not only who did it, but figure out why.


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Release Date:
June 1961 (USA) See more »
SPECIAL "FRIGHT BREAK" * There will be a special FRIGHT BREAK during the showing of "Homicidal." Can your heart stand the challenge when the clock starts the COUNTDOWN? See more »
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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  (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 ... Alfred S. 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 ... Eddie - the Bellhop (uncredited)

Hope Summers ... Mrs. Martha Adrims (uncredited)

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
Music Department
Hugo Friedhofer .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-15 (2005) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | UK:12 (1996) | UK:X (1961) (cut) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18
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Director Trademark: [William Castle] [gimmick]In the final reel, when Miriam is about to go into the house for the big climax, there was a one-minute "Fright Break" in which producer/director William Castle advised the audience that anyone too scared to see the climax could go into the lobby and get their money back. For this gimmick, Columbia shipped a cardboard "Coward's Corner" to theaters playing the film. Supposedly, audience members too frightened to see the climax could go to the "Coward's Corner" and wait there until the film ended and the rest of the audience filed past. Apparently no one took the offer.See more »
Continuity: The position of the knocker in Helga's hand changes between shots numerous times whenever she's using it.See more »
Miriam Webster:I remember when we were kids, you took this doll away from me and I never saw it again.
Warren:You want it? Take it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 13 Frightened Girls! (1963)See more »


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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Too Tame To be a Classic, 13 February 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

HOMICIDAL is an obvious PSYCHO "homage". Scene after scene, one gets a vivid sense of deja vu while watching the William Castle shocker. The main problem with HOMICIDAL, other than the fact that it's very derivative of PSYCHO, is that it's way too tame, certainly compared TO the Alfred Hitchcock classic. The beginning is intriguing and weird, and the ending is good and surreal but everything in between is rather flat and dull. It seems the only thing we see are people walking in and out of doors, in and out of cars, etc. And the well thought out story is too brief for its own good.

The truly great thing in HOMICIDAL is Jean Arless, or Joan Marshall. WOW! Jean/Joan was great. It's hard to believe her career didn't take off after her appearance in HOMICIDAL. Her unusual performance is the film's most intriguing and original aspect.

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