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Homicidal (1961)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 28 June 1961 (USA)
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The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.

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Complete credited cast:
... Karl Anderson
... Miriam Webster
... Helga Swenson
... Doctor Jonas
... Jim Nesbitt
... Alfred S. Adrims
Gilbert Green ... Lt. Miller
... Emily (as Jean Arless)
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The story centers around a murderous scheme to collect a rich inheritance. The object of murder is Miriam Webster, who is to share in the inheritance with her half brother Warren, who lives with his childhood guardian Helga in the mansion where Warren and Mariam grew up. Confined to a wheelchair after recently suffering a stroke, Helga is cared for by her nurse Emily, a strange young woman who has formed a close bond with Warren. Written by alfiehitchie

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THE PICTURE WITH A "FRIGHT BREAK!" See more »


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Daisan no Hanzai  »

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The premiere was held at the Palace Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio with producer William Castle in attendance. See more »

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Toward the end of the film when the police detective and Karl drive to the Hotel Ventura to show the bellboy the photo of Emily, the clock just above the corner drugstore says 8:24 p.m., but when they walk from the car into the hotel, the clock above the registration desk says 7:50 p.m. See more »

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Karl Anderson: Is there any way to tell?
Doctor Jonas: [Distracted after a long pause] Hah? Tell what, Karl?
Karl Anderson: Well. If a person's homicidal?
Doctor Jonas: [giving him a prescription] There you are. No... That's what makes them so dangerous. They can change from being your friend into your murderer in a second's time!
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Crazy Credits

William Castle does needlepoint as he introduces the movie, then shows it as the movie's title, followed by the beginning credits which are also in needlepoint. See more »

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Homicidal
Performed by Rawniggaz
Written by D. Michaeltine & B. Handsum
Lyrics by Scary D Satanik Buztz & Doorclosing
Courtesy of God Bap Ltd., AEP Inc.
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Too Tame To be a Classic
13 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

HOMICIDAL is an obvious PSYCHO "homage". Scene after scene, one gets a vivid sense of deja vu while watching the William Castle shocker. The main problem with HOMICIDAL, other than the fact that it's very derivative of PSYCHO, is that it's way too tame, certainly compared TO the Alfred Hitchcock classic. The beginning is intriguing and weird, and the ending is good and surreal but everything in between is rather flat and dull. It seems the only thing we see are people walking in and out of doors, in and out of cars, etc. And the well thought out story is too brief for its own good.

The truly great thing in HOMICIDAL is Jean Arless, or Joan Marshall. WOW! Jean/Joan was great. It's hard to believe her career didn't take off after her appearance in HOMICIDAL. Her unusual performance is the film's most intriguing and original aspect.


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