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Schizoid (1980)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Mystery  |  September 1980 (USA)
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Pieter Fales
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Julie
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Doug
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Donahue
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Jake
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Gilbert
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Pat (as Flo Gerrish)
Kiva Lawrence ...
Rosemary
Claude Duvernoy ...
Françoise
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Sally
Jon Greene ...
Archie
David Assael ...
Barney
Richard Balin ...
Freddy
Fredric Cook ...
Willy
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Julie is an advice columnist for the city newspaper who begins to receive anonymous notes threatening murder and worse. At about the same time, female members of the group therapy session she attends are being stabbed, one by one, by an unknown assailant. Is there a connection? If so, why do the notes talk about murder with a gun, while the murder victims are being stabbed? At first, the police, her ex-husband, her therapist and her friends all assure her that the notes are probably unrelated, and hoax; but with time, it becomes apparent that someone close to her is responsible. Is it her therapist, Pieter, who has sex with his patients just before they are murdered? Or Pieter's daughter, who resents Julie for Julie's romantic involvement with Pieter? Is it Julie's ex-husband, who never really wanted their divorce? Or maybe Gilbert, the eccentric building maintenance man whom many people believe is a little crazy anyway? Just about everyone around her seems mentally disturbed enough ... Written by Brian C. Madsen <bcmmovies@earthlink.net>

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In the note that Julie reads is different from the note seen. The note reads: "Murder I Think about it more and more the rejection is getting so hard to take nobody cares about me I feel so ugly my head is breaking maybe you'll understand the bullets in the chamber the guns ready blow i don't want murders but I have to make them hear me can you understand help me I'm scared to death." However Julie reads "Murder I think about it more and more they talk forever about their stupid problems and i'm the one who's miserable I want to shoot them through the head and i can do it I've got his gun you're one of them i'm going to kill you to." However next we see the letter it reads exactly as Julie read it See more »

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David Paulsen's Schizoid
11 June 2002 | by (North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Who is killing the women in Marianna Hill's therapy group? Is it the

creepy psychiatrist Klaus Kinski? His troubled yet still unbearably

cute daughter Donna Wilkes (who has a brief nude scene that I

have been dreaming about since Maclean Stevenson's sitcom

"Hello Larry")? Marianna's grinning ex-husband Craig Wasson?

What about a youngish looking Christopher Lloyd, the bitter

handyman? Or even the even younger looking detective Joe

Regalbuto?

Hill plays an advice columnist who is having more problems than

a week's worth of Ann Landers letters. She is receiving death

threats, and someone is killing the women in her group with an

extremely large pair of scissors. The killer, who I figured out pretty

quick, wears a fedora and coat, striking a good silhouette in the

otherwise unscary killing scenes. Hill is also messing around with

the chain smoking Kinski, resulting in a sex scene I could have

gone all my life without seeing. Kinski is also sleeping with a

stripper/patient, and he, uh, "analyzes her feelings" against a hot

water heater, resulting in another sex scene I could have gone my

whole life without seeing.

The finale takes place in Hill's newspaper office, as the film

makers drag the proceedings out by assembling all of the

suspects together, like a bad Agatha Christie novel, except with

shootings and stabbings instead of a parlor full of upper middle

class Brits and a brilliant detective.

Filmed and released in 1980, this has all the makings of a slasher

film. The few killings here are not all that gory, but violent. The

semi-name cast all try their best. Paulsen's direction is void of

suspense as he hopes his mediocre script will carry the whole

film. Instead, it becomes gimmicky and silly, but still trudges along

like this is Shakespeare. Eventually, between the awful synth

score (the scissors have their own theme everytime they appear)

and Kinski's overbaked performance, a viewer must take this with

a grain of salt. I cannot recommend "Schizoid," but I am

bemusedly grinning and shaking my head while doing it.

This is rated (R) for strong physical violence, gun violence, some

gore, female nudity, and sexual content.


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