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March 1978 (USA) See more »
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Schizophrenia... When the left hand doesn't know who the right hand is killing!!
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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

Produced by
Pete Walker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Jessop 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Brett 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Burke 
 
Makeup Department
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
 
Sound Department
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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The last cinema film of John Fraser.See more »
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References Psycho (1960)See more »
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"Time for the reckoning Jean.", 24 April 2011
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

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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