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A tongue-in-cheek psycho movie in "Duo-vision." The entire feature employs the split-screen technique used in parts of Brian De Palma's "Sisters" that same year. As a handyman at a seacoast... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
David Bailey ...
Rick Stewart
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Lisa James
Randolph Roberts ...
Jason Gant
Scott Brady ...
Police Sgt. Ramsey
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Henry Peter 'Hank' Lassiter
Diane McBain ...
Dolores Hamilton
Roger Bowen ...
Simmons, Hotel Manager
Madeleine Sherwood ...
Lenore Karadyne
Stefanianna Christopherson ...
Genny (as Indira Danks)
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Mr. Fenley, Hotel Engineer
Jack Knight ...
Bill Broderick
Patsy Garrett ...
Mrs. Griswald - Housekeeper
Robert Nichols ...
Fred, Day Clerk
Kirk Bates ...
Owen Williams (as Kirk Bates and The Leaves of Grass)
Maryesther Denver ...
Adele Moffett - Organist
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A tongue-in-cheek psycho movie in "Duo-vision." The entire feature employs the split-screen technique used in parts of Brian De Palma's "Sisters" that same year. As a handyman at a seacoast hotel, Randolph Roberts wears a monster mask while he kills and dismembers women with blond hair. Tiffany Bolling is a singer, Scott Brady is a detective and Edd "Kookie" Burns is a lifeguard. The music is the original organ score for the silent film "Phantom of the Opera." Written by alfiehitchie

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See the hunter, see the hunted - both at the same time! See more »


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15 March 1974 (Finland)  »

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48 hours after Richard L. Bare and William T. Orr pitched the script to MGM executives, they received the green-light. See more »

Goofs

As Delores Hamilton looks around the hotel lobby, her head moves slightly on the right side of the split-screen but doesn't on the left. See more »

Quotes

Rick Stewart: If you can't be a good cop, be a dropout.
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Featured in The Cinema Snob: 42nd Street Forever, Volume 1 (2013) See more »

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I'll Be Myself
Music by Philip Springer
Lyrics by Irwin Levine
Performed by Tiffany Bolling
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Quite a gimmick, but a forgettable film
30 March 2000 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

OK, if you've heard anything about this movie, it's that the entire thing is in split-screen. 1970 was in the period when movie gimmicks were dying; William Castle had turned to producing with "Rosemary's Baby" and given up directing, 3-D was dead, and the audience participation concept was eradicated. "Wicked Wicked" must have been a nice return to the selling gimmick. Only this time, you didn't get items as a gimmick (bloody axes, 3-D glasses, plastic coins, barf bags), the whole movie viewing experience was a gimmick. Unfortunately, the makers of the movie thought that the split-screen effects would make "Wicked Wicked" a great film. In fact, it's just the opposite.

I have always loved the idea of split-screen techniques used in movies (employed heartily by Brian dePalma for "Carrie", "Dressed to Kill", and others) and jumped at the chance of seeing this when I heard of the gimmick. Here's the final verdict: fun to watch, just don't take it seriously. The plot is flimsy (a murderer is stalking a hotel) and most of the acting horrible. But how can a movie go wrong with Tiffany Bolling in the cast? Beautiful blonde Tiffany Bolling spends half the movie in a black wig, the other with her gorgeous blond locks playing a lounge singer stalked by the killer. This woman steals the show, just like she does in "Kingdom of the Spiders" and "The Candy Snatchers". The music is atmospheric and makes for great background music, but is finally pushed to the point of head-splitting annoyance!

If you enjoy split-screen and Tiffany Bolling, watch the movie. If not, you will probably find the whole thing tedious (which most of it is) and a cheap attempt to win an audience. Doesn't work a horror film, but will definitely win a larger cult if MGM just releases this on video (likewise with "Night of the Lepus" and "Private Parts"!).


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