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The Psychopath (1966)

Four men who were involved in the investigation of a German millionaire at the end of World War II are found murdered with tiny dolls left next to their corpses.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writer:

Robert Bloch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Wymark ... Inspector Holloway
Margaret Johnston ... Mrs. Von Sturm
John Standing ... Mark Von Sturm
Alexander Knox ... Frank Saville
Judy Huxtable ... Louise Saville
Don Borisenko Don Borisenko ... Donald Loftis
Thorley Walters ... Martin Roth
Robert Crewdson ... Victor Ledoux
Colin Gordon ... Dr. Glyn
Tim Barrett Tim Barrett ... Morgan
Frank Forsyth ... Tucker
Olive Gregg Olive Gregg ... Mary
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Briggs
Gina Gianelli Gina Gianelli ... Gina
Peter Diamond ... Junk Yard Man
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Inspector Holloway (Patrick Wymark) is investigating a series of brutal murders in which a doll of each victim is found at the scene. The dolls, as it turns out, were purchased by the crippled Mrs. Von Sturm (Margaret Johnston), whose house is overcrowded with a doll collection. Her pale, wide-eyed, neurotic son Mark (Sir John Standing) becomes the prime suspect, but are the Police mistaken? The daughter of one of the victims discovers the shocking truth. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Psychopath See more »

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Production Co:

Amicus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Late in the movie, when Mark Von Sturm (Sir John Standing) is in the café, the rock song that is blaring out of the jukebox is "How Can It Be" by The Birds, a London based rhythm and blues band that featured Ronnie Wood (later in The Jeff Beck Group and the Rolling Stones) and Kim Gardner (Ashton, Gardner, and Dyke). See more »

Goofs

The players in the string ensemble are not moving their fingers along with the music. Much of the time, their fingers are not moving at all on the necks of the instruments. See more »

Quotes

Louise Saville: Oh, Dr. Glyn, this is Donald Loftis.
Dr. Glyn: Pleased to meet you.
Louise Saville: Donald's a medical student...
Dr. Glyn: Oh, yes. Hmm... Well, after twenty years as a physician, may I offer you some advice?
Donald Loftis: Yes, please do!
Dr. Glyn: Take up plumbing.
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Connections

Followed by Torture Garden (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Divertimento
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Elisabeth Lutyens
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Entertaining and enjoyable without too many flaws
21 January 2013 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

When a series of strange murders is found to contain a miniaturized doll next to the victim, the resulting police investigation leads to a mysterious doll collector and her deranged son that has far more connections than they expected.

Not all that particularly memorable 60s-era slasher, as it's mostly helped along by a clever little twist that adds immensely to the chill-factor of the film by having the dolls' be a likeness of their victim left at the murder scene and they're quite creepy when shown. Several of the stalking scenes are overall above-average and rather thrilling, and the ending revelation is overall one of the better parts of the film, though there's several difficult areas here. The biggest is the slow-pace involved where it tends to focus on the police investigation and their rather laid-back nature that doesn't make for a real exciting time, the series of red herrings doesn't have any real value since they don't impact the investigation at all, and there's a few mishandled scenes that don't really need to be there. Overall, there's a lot to like and not a lot to dislike here.

Today's Rating/PG: Violence.


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