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Schizo (1976)

A recently-married woman who has been labeled as mentally unstable begins to suspect that someone close to her is the culprit in a sudden string of murders.

Director:

Pete Walker

Writer:

David McGillivray (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynne Frederick ... Samantha
John Leyton ... Alan Falconer
Stephanie Beacham ... Beth
John Fraser ... Leonard
Jack Watson ... William Haskin
Queenie Watts Queenie Watts ... Mrs. Wallace
Trisha Mortimer Trisha Mortimer ... Joy
Paul Alexander Paul Alexander ... Peter McAllister
Robert Mill Robert Mill ... Maitre d'
Colin Jeavons ... Commissioner
Victor Winding Victor Winding ... Sergeant
Raymond Bowers Raymond Bowers ... Manager
Pearl Hackney ... Lady at Seance
Terry Duggan Terry Duggan ... Editor
Lindsay Campbell Lindsay Campbell ... Falconer
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Storyline

Samantha and Alan are getting married, but William Haskins isn't pleased. He grabs a train south to London and begins shadowing Samantha as she tries to get on with married life. Haskins' attempts to frighten her drive Samantha to desperation, but she's having trouble convincing anyone that she's being stalked. Even her psychiatrist dismisses her concerns as part of her neurosis. As bodies begin turning up, Samantha's story becomes more believable, and her dark secret from the past begins to reveal itself. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Schizophrenia... When the left hand doesn't know who the right hand is killing!!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amok See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of Lynne Frederick's wardrobe for the movie was recycled from Largo retorno (1975), a film she had starred in the previous year. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film a man is reading a newspaper. At the top of the newspaper it says Thursday, April 29, 1974. In fact, April 29, 1974 was a Monday. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit the stabbing of a naked woman during the flashback scene. However additional cuts were made (totalling 1 min 3 secs) for the video release with further edits to the same scene plus cuts to the hammer murder, a sex scene and the stabbing of Mrs Wallace through the head with a knitting needle. The 2008 Redemption DVD is fully uncut. See more »

Connections

References Deep Red (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Four Roses
(uncredited)
Music by Derry Hall
Standard Music Library Ltd
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Too predictable, despite effective scenes
7 May 2001 | by janguSee all my reviews

By the time Pete Walker made this little slasher-shocker he seemed to have run out of good ideas. The attacks on the courts, family and church had now been made and what could he do now? How about some sort of case-study about schizofrenia? It might have worked, but mr Walker plays his cards too soon in this movie and makes the ending show a mile ahead. With the element of a "who-is-it" suspense gone, what is there left? Some surprisingly gory murders that could shock even todays jaded audience and probably scared the wits out of them in the 70's, decent performances for a horror movie (director Walker almost always managed to get the best out of his average-talented actresses) and an overall smooth running picture. Enjoyable as a timekiller (there are many, many worse slashers than this) but easily forgotten.


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