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Director:
Writers:
Greydon Clark (written by) &
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Release Date:
December 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"First it drives you mad, then it kills and kills and kills!" See more »
Plot:
A former mental patient uses astral projection to destroy the people he believes have wronged him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Paul Burke ... Police Lt. Jeff Morgan

Jim Hutton ... Arnold James Masters

Julie Adams ... Dr. Laura Scott

Nehemiah Persoff ... Dr. Gubner

Neville Brand ... Lemonowski

Aldo Ray ... Lt. Dave Anderson

Whit Bissell ... Dr. Paul Taylor
Rod Cameron ... Dr. Commanger

Della Reese ... Mrs. Gibson
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Nurse Burnson (as Mary Wilcox)
Judith Brown ... Anne Turner
Joseph Della Sorte ... Harvey B. Sanders
Greydon Clark ... Police Sgt. Marv Sowash
Harry Holcombe ... Judge
Robin Raymond ... Jury Foreman (as Robyn Raymond)
Jerry James ... Dr. Cummings
Diane Deininger ... Arnold's Mother
John Dennis ... Frank
Bill Quinn ... Hospital Coroner
Marland Proctor ... Motorcycle Cop
Walter O. Miles ... Coroner (as Walter Miles)
Stack Pierce ... Emilio
Mello Alexandria ... Cop
Sandra Rustam ... Young Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bonner ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Edward Cross ... Old Man (uncredited)

Ray Danton ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Sheldon Lee ... Inmate (uncredited)

Directed by
Ray Danton  (as Raymond Danton)
 
Writing credits
Greydon Clark (written by) &
Mikel Angel (written by) &
Ray Danton (written by) (as Raymond Danton)

Produced by
Greydon Clark .... associate producer
Larry Huly .... associate producer
Mohammed Rustam .... producer (as Mardi Rustam)
 
Original Music by
William Kraft 
 
Cinematography by
Herb Pearl (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Brown 
 
Casting by
Edward R. Morse 
 
Art Direction by
Joel Leonard 
 
Makeup Department
Tino Zacchia .... hair stylist
Tino Zacchia .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Leonard Bram .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Hargrove .... second assistant director (as Bob Hargrove)
Ron Smith .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Hayes .... property master
 
Sound Department
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects editor (as Fred Brown)
Gene Corso .... sound effects editor
Bob Dietz .... production sound mixer (as Robert Dietz)
Ted Gomillion .... sound re-recording mixer
Ross Taylor .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hedy Dietz .... still photographer
Connie Holt .... second assistant camera
Ted Holt .... gaffer
Gene Luce .... first assistant camera
Ernest Paul Roebuck .... grip (as Ernie Roebuck)
Robert Sordal .... key grip (as Robert Sordahl)
Timothy Stott .... best boy
Michael Mileham .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monika Henreid .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Earl Watson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jules Chaikin .... music score supervisor
William Kraft .... conductor
 
Other crew
Kendall L. Johnson .... technical advisor: Kirlian photography
Patricia Motyka .... script supervisor (as Pat Motyka)
Mohammed Rustam .... presenter (as Mardi Rustam)
 
Thanks
Ronald Nissenson .... acknowledgment: California Donuts courtesy of (as Mr. Ronald Nissenson)
 

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Runtime:
89 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Julie Adams' character Dr. Scott says she is from "Blyville, Arkansas". The actress grew up in Arkansas (Little Rock).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Psychic psycho killer!, 30 April 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Psycho killer flicks are a penny a dozen, but at least this one has something about it. Psychic Killer was released before the slasher craze really kicked off, and is surprisingly more original than many films in its class. The idea behind the plot is, of course, pure B-grade horror hokum, but somehow it works out better than many 'man with a knife' flicks. The film was obviously hampered by budget constraints, and this comes across by way of the fact that much of the movie is dialogue based. The film also has something of a cheerful tone about it, and despite messy scenes that see hands ripped apart by meat grinders and someone crushed under a slab of cement, the movie never really shocks all that much. The plot follows a man who is in a mental institute after being wrongly accused of murder. While there, he learns the ability to 'psychically' leave his body, and upon getting out and realising his mother has died while he was locked away, he vows to use his new found power to get his revenge on everyone that he believes has wronged him.

The film moves slowly throughout, and since a lot of the scenes focus on dialogue, Psychic Killer never really gets a good rhythm going, and every time we see an exciting sequence, it's generally followed by a slow one. This is obviously a result of the budget constraints, although the screenplay is also somewhat at fault as the movie could easily have made more of its central sequences without over stretching the budget. The plot idea is actually one of the film's strongpoints. It's silly and ensures that the movie is very much on the 'B' side of cinema, but it's also really rather interesting. The characters drag the piece down, however, as none of them are given any time to develop and there isn't anyone on the roster that is particularly easy to identify with. The gore scenes are few, but the one that takes place in a butchers shop is a treat. Other murders that see people killed by 'accidents' are rather sinister, but also rather humorous and overall, even though this film isn't brilliant; there's enough to recommend it to genre fans for.

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