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Psychic Killer (1975)

A former mental patient uses astral projection to destroy the people he believes have wronged him.

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(as Raymond Danton)
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Police Lt. Jeff Morgan
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Arnold James Masters
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Dr. Laura Scott
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Dr. Gubner
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Lemonowski
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Lt. Dave Anderson
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Dr. Paul Taylor
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Dr. Commanger
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Mrs. Gibson
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Nurse Burnson (as Mary Wilcox)
Judith Brown ...
Anne Turner
Joseph Della Sorte ...
Harvey B. Sanders
Greydon Clark ...
Police Sgt. Marv Sowash
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Judge
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Jury Foreman (as Robyn Raymond)
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Mental patient Arnold Masters, hospitalized for a murder he didn't commit, learns astral projection--the art of leaving one's physical body and transporting the soul someplace else--from a fellow inmate. Upon his release, Arnold uses his new powers to bump off the people he holds responsible for his arrest, his mother's death while he was imprisoned and the price of meat! Lt. Morgan and Lt. Anderson are the cops on his trail, while his caring shrink, Dr. Scott, tries to prevent any more deaths. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Meet Arnold Masters. He Can Think Of 1000 Ways To Kill You. See more »

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Thriller | Horror

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Release Date:

December 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Kirlian Effect  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Greydon Clark originally wanted to direct this film, but he was overruled by investors who wanted Ray Danton to direct this movie instead. See more »

Goofs

Lieut. Morgan (Paul Burke) reports that the coroner describes the scalding victim as having "first degree burns". First degree burns are the least serious (but most painful) type of burn, and the coroner would know this. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Psychic Killer Inside Me (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Do These Things Really Happen?
Sung by Gloria Lynne
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Mike Corda
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Not perfect, but interesting
25 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

PSYCHIC KILLER is certainly an effective little horror film, very much a product of its era. It's a film with many flaws, not least the shoddy construction of certain scenes and the general slow pacing that never pays off, but at the same time it remains interesting. The plot is a unique one that mines the late '70s craze for 'psychic' thrillers (see also THE EYES OF LAURA MARS, PATRICK, THE MEDUSA TOUCH) and the creepy atmosphere is spot on.

The weird-looking Jim Hutton stars as a guy sent to prison for a crime he may or may not have committed. Whilst inside, he befriends a black guy who gifts him the power of psychic ability, and on release the guy simply sits back in his chair and wills the deaths of those who have wronged him or his family in some way.

Much of the running time consists of a series of weird death scenes more than a little reminiscent of the likes of the FINAL DESTINATION series. They're well staged and avoid cheese for the most part, and an interesting cast and production team adds to the fun. Paul Burke's investigating cop is a great character and the actor's very likable. Aldo Ray has a minor role as a supporting detective and the evil-looking Neville Brand plays a butcher. There are roles for two famous faces from the 1950s, Whit Bissell (I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF) and Julia Adams (THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON). The script was written by Greydon Clark, who went on to direct WITHOUT WARNING, and the direction was by Ray Danton, the SANDOKAN actor. Give it a look.


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