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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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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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User Reviews:
Fascinating b-grade thriller that deserves to be rediscovered. One of William Castle's most effective and interesting shockers. See more (77 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)

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)
 
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Runtime:
87 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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:
The premiere was held at the Palace Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio with producer William Castle in attendance.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:
Emily:[to Helga] If it wasn't for me you would've been dead by now.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mr. Sardonicus (1961)See more »

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33 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating b-grade thriller that deserves to be rediscovered. One of William Castle's most effective and interesting shockers., 2 February 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

William Castle's 1950s camp classics 'The Tingler' and 'House On Haunted Hill' are lots of fun, and highly recommended to all horror fans with a strong sense of the absurd. I expected 'Homicidal' to be a similarly silly but entertaining affair, especially as it was also written by Robb White, but was quite surprised at just how dark and effective it was. Apart from Castle's typically hammy introduction, and the "fright break" towards the climax (a not too dissimilar idea to the one Gaspar Noe used several years ago in his shocking 'I Stand Alone'!), 'Homicidal' is nowhere near as gimmicky and tongue in cheek as most of Castle's best known movies. Maybe that is why it is rarely mentioned when his work is discussed. Too bad, to me it is one of his most interesting and effective shockers. While obviously inspired by 'Psycho', and made on a shoe-string budget with variable acting, I was quite impressed by it. The opening sequence is memorable - a beautiful blonde (Jean Arliss) checks in to a swanky hotel, and offers a shocked bellhop cash to marry her, assuring him that the marriage will be annulled immediately after the event. He is puzzled but agrees, and at the ceremony the next day the mysterious blonde quite unexpectedly murders the JP! We then follow her to a house where she looks after an elderly woman (Eugenie Leontovich) who is mute and confined to a wheelchair after a stroke. The old woman is obviously terrified of her, but is unable to convey this to any visitors to the house. Pretty soon we meet the other characters, and learn of a $10 million inheritance, and things start to get real interesting... I won't elaborate any further for fear of spoiling the plot. The major twist will no doubt be guessed by the viewer fairly quickly but there are still some surprises and shocks in store. Arliss (actually Joan Marshall) gives an intriguing performance. Why she didn't go on to bigger and better things after this is beyond me. I urge fans of Castle's better known movies to check out this little gem. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to all fans of b-grade thrillers and horror movies.

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