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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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lawrence Montaigne ... Kenneth Alden
Jo Anne Meredith ... Valerie Alden
Elizabeth Plumb ... Stacy
Frank Cuva ... Marco Everson
John Vincent ... Morlock
Sharon Cook ... Debbie
Diane Jones ... Patricia
Luanne Roberts ... Pamela
David Astor ... The Counterman
Lynn Lyon ... The Dancer
Judy Lang ... Trish
Charles Victor ... Valerie's Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alice Friedland ... Alice (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Vincent O'Neill  (as Robert Vincent O'Neil)
Writing credits
Robert Vincent O'Neill (written by) (as Robert Vincent O'Neil)

Produced by
Lou Horowitz .... executive producer
Gerry Huffaker .... associate producer
Robert Vincent O'Neill .... producer (as Robert Vincent O'Neil)
William Rowland .... producer
Original Music by
Norma Green 
Jim Helms 
Gary Le Mel  (as Gary LeMel)
Film Editing by
Stanley Rabjohn  (as Stan Rabjohn)
Art Direction by
Ray Markham 
Makeup Department
Sheri Steward .... makeup artist (as Sherry Steward)
Production Management
Gary Kent .... production manager
Art Department
Osama M. Kawar .... props
James Stinson .... set dresser (as Jim Stinson)
Sound Department
Don Jones .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Chuck Hutchinson .... key grip
Eric Maxwell .... assistant camera
Melton Maxwell .... lighting (as Mel Maxwell)
Robert Maxwell .... camera operator (as Bob Maxwell)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Stone .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Steve Faber .... editorial consultant
Other crew
Kay Pentecost .... script girl
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Lovely Touch" - USA (video title)
"The Loving Touch" - USA (video title)
"The Psycho Killer" - USA (video title)
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80 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Surprisingly effective exploitation thriller, one of the most well made films available from Something Weird Video, 9 March 2008
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

Being a huge fan of cult, camp, and psychotronic cinema, I absolutely adore Something Weird Video. Their releases of vintage exploitation films rarely disappoint and are almost always very entertaining and breezy for weirdos such as myself. However, they're usually just bizarre camp, which makes "The Psycho Lover" all the more surprising. Not since "Johnny Firecloud" have I seen a Something Weird release thats also a very well made film in addition to a shocking drive-in flick. The plot of manipulating a killer isn't original (the film doesn't deny this either, as the main psychiatrist character gets his idea from his mistress mentioning "The Manchurian Candidate"), but its a remarkably suspenseful and stylish production that raises above the low budget.

The film, directed by Robert Vincent O'Neill (who later made the popular softcore title "Angel" and wrote the sleaze classic "Vice Squad"), is very well paced. The murder sequences are colorful and effectively brutal. In fact, the heavily stylized combination of sex and violence often brings to mind Brian DePalma, even though this was released before "Blow Out" and "Body Double". There's also a nice psychedelic dream sequence. Plus, there's plenty of campy and kitschy moments in addition to the effective ones, but these are entertaining in a dated 70s fashion. Sure, the movie is probably misogynist, but I wouldn't take it too seriously and it does work as a shocking exploitation thriller. Plus, the nudity and violence here are usually only included when necessary to the plot. "The Psycho Lover" is recommended for fans of classic drive-in schlock. (7/10)

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