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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 you 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 ... 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
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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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 »
Plot holes: At the beginning of the movie, the calendar in the hotel shows the date as September 5th. Emily tells the bellhop they must marry on September 6th (this is so they will be married by Warren's 21st birthday). But in a close-up of Warren's birth certificate, it shows August 7th, 1940 as his birth date. So they're gonna have to wait nearly a year to celebrate.See more »
Emily:If you do not leave this house in the next minute, I will kill you!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Stephen King's World of Horror (1986) (TV)See more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
PSYCHOtic fun from William Castle, 2 April 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

William Castle claims that he had the idea for this film while he was sleeping. If so, I can only assume that he was dreaming about Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, 'Psycho' because the blatant homage to the earlier film is difficult to ignore. Castle injects all the same themes and many of the ideas from Psycho into this film, but luckily; the master of entertainment has enough ideas of his own to ensure that Homicidal isn't merely a rip-off. Besides, Castle himself had a small hand in the events leading up to the release of Hitchcock's low-budget I guess he earned the right to homage. The film starts off with one of Castle's campy intro features, and we also get a 'Fright Break' towards the end; but on the whole, this film is slightly more serious than earlier films such as The Tingler and House on Haunted Hill. The film opens properly with a sequence that sees a beautiful blonde woman pay a hired hand at a hotel to marry her. One thing leads to another, and she quite shockingly ends up sticking the knife into the Justice of the Peace...the plot thickens with the introduction of the elderly Helga and an inheritance of $10 million.

This film is never as good as Hitchcock's Psycho, but the master of entertainment always ensures that there's enough going on to ensure that it doesn't get boring. Much of the plot takes place in a dark, creepy house; which helps the director to implement a morbid and macabre atmosphere. One of the major faults with the film with regards to the scare factor comes from Castle's own showboating. The 'fright break' towards the end kills the shocking atmosphere that Castle has spent the rest of the film implementing, and as a result; the final macabre sequence is not nearly as effective as it could have been. The final twist is a clear derivative of Psycho, but it's actually quite well worked. The film introduced the talents of Joan Marshall (appearing here as Jean Arless) to the cinematic world, and her performance is what makes the film what it is. It's a shame that she never went on to make much of a splash after this film. I wouldn't hesitate to label Homicidal as one of William Castle's better efforts, as even though it's not quite what audiences have come to expect from the master of entertainment, and it's purely derivative; Homicidal is still a fine quality B-movie shocker.

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