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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

Lynne Frederick's biggest starring role. See more »

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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 »

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Featured in My Sweet Schizo (2012) See more »

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Music by Jim Lawless
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Descends into the realms of schlock - but well creepy at times
16 May 2010 | by HenryHextonEsqSee all my reviews

Not really prime Pete Walker; rather an attempt by the director to do a stalker / slasher picture, after the Italian giallo fashion.

Walker does treat us to some surprising and vivid scenes, ample shock moments and a fine use of locations - mid-70s Britain is once again a fascinatingly grim locale, as in some many films of the era! However, the crucial 'twist' is rather poor, straining all credibility that the film had.

The uncannily ubiquitous Jack Watson is actually quite sinister though, and Stephanie Beacham once more plays the very middle-class friend type as in other British horrors of the era. Lynne Frederick - to be wed to Peter Sellers the following year - is another of PW's sexy heroine-in-peril leads and, like many such characters, is not incapable or entirely cardboard. John Leyton, singer of the stupendously eerie Joe Meek-produced #1 hit 'Johnny Remember Me' (1961), is bizarrely cast as Frederick's husband, providing as much screen presence as the elusive Zeppo Marx. Sheila Keith is missing.

While this is a definite retreat from PW's previous nasty fairy tales - "House of Whipcord", - it still has a certain appeal for those who don't mind a bit of well-crafted 1970s exploitation. Those who view films purely in terms of gender politics should obviously stay well clear!


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