Revenge films have been around for a very long time; one can look to The Virgin Spring
(1960), Straw Dogs (1971), or Death Wish
(1974) for their rise from serious drama to movies of a more exploitive nature. Psychic Killer
(1975) adds a unique twist to the tale by having astral projection as a means to the violent ends. Quirky and laden with creative deaths, it very much embraces its weirdness, providing a fun carpet ride for the whole family (at least according to its mind-boggling PG rating).
Released stateside in December by Avco Embassy Pictures, Psychic Killer
, aka The Kirlian Force, only cost $250,000 and came and went like a phantom in the night. Critics paid it no mind either, and it was relegated to video store shelves and gas station rentals. On the surface, that’s understandable; a B cast with a former actor turned fairly unproven B director (Ray Danton