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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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Entertaining Film, Not Very Well Crafted See more (12 total) »

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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The American Nightmare (2000)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Perfect StrangerSee more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining Film, Not Very Well Crafted, 18 December 2008
Author: gavin6942 from United States

"Psychic Killer" is a strange story about... guess what? A psychic killer! A killer who wants revenge and is able to get it from a rather considerable distance. Beyond that, there really isn't much to know about the plot.

The film comes from director Ray Danton, who is/was largely a TV director. This is rather evident in the style of the film, which seems like it could have been made for television or at least used similar equipment. There's a different feel from television to cinema, and this just didn't feel like a silver screen production. Not that this makes it a bad film, necessarily.

What does make it a bad film is pretty much everything else. We early on get a body falling off a building that is about as fake as can be. And this wasn't a comedy. Other deaths are equally cheesy, with maybe one that was at least a bit worthy of respect -- though not praise.

There was also bad music which doesn't match the scenery. I'm not sure if the music would have matched much of anything, but it certainly didn't go with what we saw. That Internet Movie Database users have given this film a 2.7 out of 10 is no surprise once you've seen it. I have to give the movie more credit than that, but not much.

One interesting thing about this film is discussion of Kirlian photography. In the 1970s (when this film was made) there was some serious discussion about the Kirlian photography and its connection to the paranormal. Dr. Thelma Moss of UCLA led the parapsychology laboratory and much of her time was devoted to efforts to avoid factors proposed by skeptical peer-review in order to confirm some connection. How successful she was is unclear, though I doubt she had much luck.

The film is hyped up on the back of the box comparing the killer (Arnold) to other notorious movie killers. But don't be fooled. Even if Arnold came first (and, being from 1975, that's a valid point) he didn't really leave a lasting mark then and he won't leave one now in the film's DVD release. Horror fans may find this a good film to pass the time with, but unless you're drinking or have a high tolerance for bad movies, this one isn't anything special.

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