A recently-married woman who has been labeled as mentally unstable, begins to suspect that someone close to her is the culprit in a sudden string of murders.

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Samantha
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Alan Falconer
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Beth
John Fraser ...
Leonard
Jack Watson ...
William Haskin
Queenie Watts ...
Mrs. Wallace
Trisha Mortimer ...
Joy
Paul Alexander ...
Peter McAllister
Robert Mill ...
Maitre d'
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Victor Winding ...
Sergeant
Raymond Bowers ...
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Pearl Hackney ...
Lady at Seance
Terry Duggan ...
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Lindsay Campbell ...
Falconer
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Samantha and Alan are getting married, but William Haskins isn't pleased. He grabs a train south to London and begins shadowing Samantha as she tries to get on with married life. Haskins' attempts to frighten her drive Samantha to desperation, but she's having trouble convincing anyone that she's being stalked. Even her psychiatrist dismisses her concerns as part of her neurosis. As bodies begin turning up, Samantha's story becomes more believable, and her dark secret from the past begins to reveal itself. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Schizophrenia... When the left hand doesn't know who the right hand is killing!!


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The last cinema film of John Fraser. See more »

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Early in the film a man is reading a newspaper. At the top of the newspaper it says Thursday, April 29, 1974. In fact, April 29, 1974 was a Monday. See more »

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Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

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"Time for the reckoning Jean."
24 April 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

British cult film-maker Pete Walker's "Schizo" is quite a blunt, if nastily grimy little psycho shocker (with giallo touches) that doesn't provide much in the way of story surprises, but cements a growing sense of unease that's broken up by constant its unpleasantness.

Samantha is an international ice-skater who's about to marry. This should be a happy time in her life; however she gets the feeling that someone is stalking her. Someone from her past, she would like to forget about. However that's hard to do when dead bodies start piling up and she believes it to be the man that slashed her mother to death, but no one seems to believe her.

The ensemble cast bestows some strong performances, especially in its support with standouts like the gorgeous Stephanie Beacham and a cynical John Frazer. Even Jack Watson had a creepy presence about him. A sound turn by Lynne Frederick in the lead covering a neurotic side and John Leyton is acceptable as her husband. Walker sturdily strings together the taut set-pieces with his leering, but expressive camera-work. The narrative keeps everything rather shady, building an edgy psychological imprint with its stalk and slash structure. The script stays interesting (despite never being too revealing) and playing around with a sense of paranoia (stress used as an excuse), but the red herrings are too obvious to be effective, so when it comes to the double whammy it doesn't pack much of a blow or is particularly credible. Stanley Myers' unhinged music score is jaunty, but extremely haunting and disorienting in its spells.

Nice cover artwork on the VHS case, but it does give a subtle clue to where the story might just head.


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