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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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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
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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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:
The premiere was held at the Palace Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio with producer William Castle in attendance.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Prologue Host:We've been to Haunted Hills, and through Tinglers, and even Ghosts... but now we're going to meet a group of people who just happen to be... Homicidal.See more »
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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