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Cast

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Lynne Frederick ... Samantha

John Leyton ... Alan Falconer

Stephanie Beacham ... Beth
John Fraser ... Leonard Hawthorne
Jack Watson ... William Haskin
Queenie Watts ... Mrs. Wallace
Trisha Mortimer ... Joy
Paul Alexander ... Peter McAllister
Robert Mill ... Maitre d'
Colin Jeavons ... Commissioner
Victor Winding ... Sergeant
Raymond Bowers ... Manager
Pearl Hackney ... Lady at Seance
Terry Duggan ... Editor
Lindsay Campbell ... Falconer
Diana King ... Mrs. Falconer
Wendy Gilmore ... Samantha's Mother
Primi Townsend ... Secretary
Victoria Allum ... Samantha as a Child
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John McEnery ... Stephens (uncredited)
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Directed by
Pete Walker 
 
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David McGillivray 
Murray Smith  adaptation

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Pete Walker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Jessop 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Brett 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Burke 
 
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George Partleton .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Edward Dorian .... production manager
Matt McCarthy .... post-production supervisor
Clifford Parkes .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Iain Cassie .... third assistant director
Brian Lawrence .... first assistant director
Glynn Purcell .... second assistant director
 
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Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Peter Brown .... boom operator
Jack Davis .... boom operator
Peter O'Connor .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Bellingham .... still photographer
Ted Davis .... gaffer
Peter Sinclair .... camera operator
 
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Stanley Myers .... conductor
Barry Guy .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 

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USA:109 min | USA:98 min | Argentina:100 min
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
OK exploitation from director Pete Walker, 14 March 2005
Author: Libretio

SCHIZO

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Mono

A young figure skater (Lynne Frederick) is stalked by a convicted killer (Jack Watson), recently paroled from prison, whose appearance coincides with a series of vicious murders.

Typical entry from British sleaze specialist Pete Walker (FRIGHTMARE), taking its cue from the giallo shockers popular throughout continental Europe at the time. Less confrontational than some of Walker's previous outings ("It was less Gothique... I wanted less incident and outrage," he explained to journalist Alan Jones in 1983), SCHIZO still delivers the gory goods, though it takes rather too long to work up a decent head of steam. Climactic dividends are reaped by a steady accumulation of narrative details, but individual scenes are somewhat labored, not helped by Frederick's lack of presence in the leading role. By contrast, Stephanie Beacham (DRACULA A.D. 1972) is utterly charming as a family friend who turns detective when Frederick identifies Watson as her stalker - had the roles been reversed, this could have been a small masterpiece of psychological horror. Other stand-outs include veteran character actor Watson (recognizable from brief appearances in countless British movies, here given a much weightier role than usual), and a bearded John Fraser ("The Trials of Oscar Wilde") as a psychiatrist who pays the price for digging too deeply into the circumstances surrounding the death of Frederick's mother.

Aware of his own directorial limitations, Walker always allowed clever scriptwork to dictate his method, but he was no hack, as SCHIZO ably demonstrates. Here, his point-and-shoot style is punctuated by moments of genuine visual dexterity, such as the circling of a pen on a newspaper article which gives way (via dissolve) to a spinning ice-skater, or the truly unsettling séance during which medium Trisha Mortimer manifests physical signs of possession by one of the killer's former victims. The subsequent murders are blunt and bloody, with no pretence to subtlety. Peter Jessop's artful cinematography and Chris Burke's sensitive art direction make a virtue of the film's seedy locations, and while a good fifteen minutes could have been cut from the overlong narrative (most of the film's highlights are confined to the second half), editor Alan Brett manages to streamline an increasingly complicated scenario with some degree of panache.

Screenwriter David McGillivray parted company with Walker after this one, due partly to the quality of the script (based on an old work by Murray Smith, author of Walker's earlier films), which McGillivray felt was too transparent, and rendered the killer's identity obvious from the outset. Maybe so, but some of the climactic revelations still pack a hell of a punch. Bottom line: If you're a fan of Walker's output or British exploitation in general, you'll overlook the film's slow-burning tempo and enjoy its outlandish plot developments. Worth a look.

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