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The Psycho Lover (1970)

R | | Crime, Horror | March 1970 (USA)
A psychiatrist plots to murder his wife, but with a new twist: he will brainwash a patient he is treating into committing the crime.


(as Robert Vincent O'Neil)


(as Robert Vincent O'Neil)

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A psychiatrist plots to murder his wife, but with a new twist: he will brainwash a patient he is treating into committing the crime.

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Lock your doors tonight, Miss. Don't go out tonight, Miss. See more »


Crime | Horror


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March 1970 (USA)  »

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The Lovely Touch  »

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Written by Gary Le Mel (uncredited), Norma Green (uncredited) and Jim Helms (uncredited)
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A Gem from Something Weird Video
3 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

The Psycho Lover (1970)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Rather interesting thriller has psychiatrist Kenneth Alden (Lawrence Montaigne) helping a patient who is having dreams that he is raping and murdering women. Pretty soon the doctor begins to think that this is guy who is actually raping and killing. Instead of calling the police he instead tries to get the psycho to murder his own wife who is refusing him a divorce.

If you're a fan of Something Weird Video then you know they saved all sorts of strange movies. I love watching the stuff they put out but there's no question that the majority of the movies were quite bad but entertaining. This one here is actually a gem as it manages to try and be something more than just your typical skin flick. THE PSYCHO LOVER isn't a completely good movie but there's no question that it's a lot better than most of its type.

What really sets this film apart is the fact that it really does try to be more like a Hitchcock film than just some quickie sexploitation picture. The kill scenes in the picture are built for suspense and I give director-writer Robert Vincent O'Neill a lot of credit for trying to build up some tension instead of just going for cheap shocks. The attack scenes are well-staged and for the most part they pack a nice little punch.

The film does have some pretty campy moments and mainly the "love" scenes between the psychicatrist and his lover. Some of these scenes with the bubby gum love songs are quite embarrassing and so more damange than anything else. The performances aren't the greatest but they're at least serviceable for this type of picture. There's also quite a bit of nudity to supply some sleaze so fans should enjoy that.

THE PSYCHO LOVER certainly has some flaws and it doesn't quite make it to what I'd consider a "good" movie but at the same time there's enough going on here to make it worth calling it a gem.

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