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The Psychopath (1966)

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

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... Inspector Holloway
... Mrs. Von Sturm
... Mark Von Sturm
... Frank Saville
... Louise Saville
Don Borisenko ... Donald Loftis
Thorley Walters ... Martin Roth
... Victor Ledoux
... Dr. Glyn
Tim Barrett ... Morgan
... Tucker
Olive Gregg ... Mary
Harold Lang ... Briggs
Gina Gianelli ... Gina
... Junk Yard Man
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Inspector Holloway 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, whose home is overcrowded with a doll collection. Her pale, wide-eyed, neurotic son 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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20 May 1966 (USA)  »

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Las muñecas de la muerte  »

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

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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 »

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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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Quintet
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Elisabeth Lutyens
Played by Thea King and the Delme String Quartett
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Decent thriller, but lacking
25 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

First of all, I have to say that my copy of this film is poor in the extreme and so I might not have got 'the full effect'. But even so, Freddie Francis' The Psychopath is a rather mundane thriller that takes most of its influence from superior works such as those of Alfred Hitchcock, and doesn't particularly do anything new. The plot focuses on post-world war 2 revenge, and follows the murder of four men. The men were involved in the murder of a German millionaire, and the only other clue that Inspector Holloway has to go on is the fact that small dolls were found next to each corpse. Are the murders something to do with a doll maker and her son? Freddie Francis made a lot of the best films that Amicus had to offer, and although this is both an Amicus and a Freddie Francis film; it's not a high point for either. The plot has just about enough about it to hold the audience's interest for the film's duration, although it does drag at times and I think I'd have enjoyed this film more if it was a little more streamlined. The dolls are what ties the film to the horror genre, as they're eerie looking and creepy; but otherwise, this is more of a by the numbers thriller with only a couple of twists thrown in. The Psychopath is rather difficult to come by, and since it's not all that good; I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to find a copy.


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