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Mental patient Arnold Masters, hospitalized for a murder he didn't commit, learns astral projection--the art of leaving one's physical body and transporting the soul someplace else--from a fellow inmate. Upon his release, Arnold uses his new powers to bump off the people he holds responsible for his arrest, his mother's death while he was imprisoned and the price of meat! Lt. Morgan and Lt. Anderson are the cops on his trail, while his caring shrink, Dr. Scott, tries to prevent any more deaths.Written by
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Arnold Masters (Jim Hutton) is in jail serving time for killing the doctor who let his mother die. The truth of the matter is that he's actually innocent and is released once the real killer confesses. Before getting out another inmate gives him a special amulet, which gives him a psychic power to kill. Before long Arnold is killing off those he blames for his mothers death and it's up to a couple detectives to try and figure out what's going on.
PSYCHIC KILLER isn't what I'd consider a good movie but at the same time it has some rather interesting things that make it worth watching. Obviously the film tries to copy that son-mother relationship of PSYCHO but it throws in some also fits in with the "psychic" horror films that were quite popular throughout the decade. The film benefits from having an all-star cast and they certainly help add to the entertainment value.
For the most part I thought Hutton was good in the lead, although I'd argue that the screenplay does less for his character than any other. He's at least believable in the part of this mama's boy who wants revenge. The supporting players are all good in one way or another and this includes Julie Adams (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) as well as other familiar faces to the genre inclduing Whit Bissell, Rod Cameron, Aldo Ray and Neville Brand. If you're a fan of the horror genre then those faces are going to be very familiar.
The one major issue I had with the film was that it was a tad bit too slow for its own good. I thought a little faster pace would have helped things and I'd also argue that the film had a rather flat look to it. The film is rather weird in regards to what it's going for as there are times it seems happy to be a PG-rated horror film but then, out of nowhere really, we get some rather graphic, if not all that creative, violence. There's a shower sequence that's certainly the highlight of the picture.
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