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Release Date:
September 1980 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Dear Julie: Don't let me do it again...
Plot:
Julie is an advice columnist for the city newspaper who begins to receive anonymous notes threatening murder and worse... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Moderately amusing. See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Klaus Kinski ... Pieter Fales

Donna Wilkes ... Alison Fales

Marianna Hill ... Julie

Craig Wasson ... Doug

Richard Herd ... Donahue

Joe Regalbuto ... Jake

Christopher Lloyd ... Gilbert

Flo Lawrence ... Pat (as Flo Gerrish)

Kiva Lawrence ... Rosemary
Claude Duvernoy ... Françoise
Cindy Donlan ... Sally
Jon Greene ... Archie
David Assael ... Barney
Richard Balin ... Freddy
Fredric Cook ... Willy
Kathy Garrick ... Maxine
Gracia Lee ... Bruce
Tobar Mayo ... Fritz
Jonathon Millner ... Fritz's Friend (as Jonathan Millner)
Frances E. Nealy ... Housekeeper (as Frances Nealy)
Kimberly Jensen ... Girl on Motorbike

Jay May ... Boy on Motorbike
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cindy Riegel ... Secretary (uncredited)
Tony Swartz ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
David Paulsen 
 
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Produced by
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Christopher Pearce .... associate producer
Mark L. Rosen .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Craig Huxley  (as Craig Hundley)
 
Cinematography by
Norman Leigh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard S. Brummer  (as Dick Brummer)
Robert Fitzgerald 
Parvez Zabier (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Ann Bell  (as Anne Bell)
 
Art Direction by
Kathy Curtis-Cahill  (as Kathy Curtis Cahill)
 
Makeup Department
Erica Ueland .... makeup artist (as Erica Eulannd)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matia Karrell .... second assistant director
Caren Singer .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ken Aichele .... assistant art director (as Ken Alchele)
Kathy Curtis-Cahill .... props (as Kathy Curtis Cahill)
 
Sound Department
Kenard King .... sound mixer
Dessie Markovsky .... sound editor
Emile Razpopov .... sound editor
Jonathon 'Earl' Stein .... boom operator (as John Stein)
 
Special Effects by
Joe Quinlivan .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Bodin .... grip
Scott Buttfield .... best boy
Robert K. Feldmann .... second grip (as Robert Feldman)
Ted H. Hauser .... first assistant camera (as Ted Hauser)
Jeffrey Laszlo .... second assistant camera (as Jeff Laszlo)
Alex Levac .... still photographer
Dylan Shephard .... key grip (as Dylan Shepard)
Jeffrey Sudzin .... electrician (as Jeff Sudzin)
Christopher Tufty .... gaffer (as Chris Tufty)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christine Nicholson .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Robin Chambers .... assistant editor
Thierry J. Couturier .... assistant editor
Claude Duvernoy .... assistant editor
Earl Watson .... associate editor
Linda Whittlesey .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Linda Terrell .... location coordinator
 
Music Department
Craig Huxley .... music creator (as Craig Hundley)
 
Other crew
Liz Mackiewicz .... assistant to producer
Patsy Pitts .... script supervisor
David Weddle .... production assistant
Kent Adamson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Frank J. Tsacrios .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 

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89 min
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Writer/Director David Paulsen was told by Golan-Globus that he had one month to have a screenplay ready that could be shot for under a million dollars and that could feature Klaus Kinski, who was under contract. Paulsen also had only one month to secure a crew and shooting locations.See more »
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Continuity: 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 itSee more »
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Moderately amusing., 27 August 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

"Schizoid" is a so-so stalk 'n' slash 80s thriller with a cast of familiar faces but not much to really recommend it. As a mystery it doesn't exactly work; despite the presence of red herrings, most people will figure out who the killer is early on. The kill scenes have no flair, and slasher lovers will be disappointed with the almost complete absence of gore, even though the murder weapon is a pair of scissors. As for female flesh, the ever lovely Donna Wilkes (of "Angel" fame) does give us - and her leering father - a little bit of a look at the goods. The dialogue, courtesy of writer / director David Paulsen ("Savage Weekend") is downright silly at times, but the cast does whatever it can with the material.

The pretty Mariana Hill ("High Plains Drifter") stars as Julie, an advice columnist who is receiving threatening letters from some unbalanced individual. At the same time, members of her therapy group are being knocked off. Who could the maniac be? Pieter Fales (Klaus Kinski), the sleazy psychiatrist moderating the group who has a habit of fooling around with his female patients? Doug (Craig Wasson, "Ghost Story"), Julie's soon-to-be ex-husband who doesn't want to divorce? Pieters' daughter Alison (Wilkes), an angry young woman who resents the presence of Julie in her fathers' life? Or off-putting, lonely maintenance man Gilbert (Christopher Lloyd)? The two detectives on the case (Richard Herd of "Trancers" and Joe Regalbuto of 'Murphy Brown') don't take Julie seriously at first but eventually come around.

Also featuring Flo Lawrence ("Don't Answer the Phone!") and Fredric Cook ("Jackson County Jail"), this just isn't as much fun as the viewer might wish. It's trashy enough to keep it amusing and watchable. A glum looking Kinski is interesting to watch, as always. Hill and Wasson are likable, but Wasson has what is one of the dumbest moments in the film regarding Dougs' reaction to one of the letters. Wilkes is a delight as the somewhat disturbed daughter. Lloyd is good as he underplays his role. Herd is clearly just picking up a paycheck. Everything climaxes in an awkward sequence in which all of the suspects show up in one location. Perhaps the most egregious element of "Schizoid" is the awful - albeit sometimes amusingly awful - music score by Craig Hundley, who did much better work for "Alligator" the same year.

Dedicated completists of 80s slasher cinema will want to see this, for sure, but they're advised simply to just keep those expectations low and they might have a reasonably good time.

Five out of 10.

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