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Wicked, Wicked (1973)

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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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It took 32 weeks to finish editing on the rough cut of the film. See more »

Goofs

As Rick and Lisa check out the bed in the Presidential Suite, Mr. Fenley walks by with the hotel blueprints tucked under his left arm. Cut to another angle and he's holding them under his right. See more »

Quotes

Lisa James: It's a bit difficult to sing when you're scared to death.
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Connections

Featured in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 1 (2005) See more »

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Wicked, Wicked
Music by Philip Springer
Lyrics by Irwin Levine
Performed by Tiffany Bolling
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Strangely enjoyable
12 June 2007 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This movie has several strikes against it from the outset. First off, is the split-screen ("duo-vision") gimmick, which is effective when used sparingly by filmmakers like Brian DePalma (or going WAY back silent French filmmaker Abel Gance), but is pretty annoying when used extensively (check out the ill-advised sequel "More American Graffitti"), and likely to give many viewers a splitting headache. Then there is the killer who is stalking a seaside hotel. The movie not only makes no attempt to hide his identity from the start, but the clues he leaves along the way are so incredibly obvious that you want to scream at the protagonist (a dimwitted, womanizing security guard)for not being able to figure out who he is. Finally there's the wretched theme song ("Wicked, wicked, that's the ticket. . .") that was apparently actually sung by actress Tiffany Bolling, who should have stuck to stripping off in bad movies like this (and speaking a stripping off, Bolling takes her usual gratuitous shower in this movie behind a particularly opaque shower curtain, just to add insult to injury).

Despite all this though, I kind of enjoyed this movie. It has an enjoyably nasty sense of humor, and only in the 1970's could anyone possibly get away with making a wrongheaded experiment in cinematic ineptitude like this and still have it backed by a major studio (MGM). As for those who find this misogynistic or offensive, check out a couple other Tiffany Bolling vehicles/feminist treatises "The Candy Snatchers" and "Centerfold Girls" sometime!


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