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The Psycho Lover (1970)

R | | Crime, Horror | March 1970 (USA)
A psychiatrist plots to murder his wife, but with a new twist: he will brainwash a patient he is treating into committing the crime.


(as Robert Vincent O'Neil)


(as Robert Vincent O'Neil)

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Cast overview:
... Kenneth Alden
Jo Anne Meredith ... Valerie Alden
Elizabeth Plumb ... Stacy
Frank Cuva ... Marco Everson
John Vincent ... Morlock
Sharon Cook ... Debbie
Diane Jones ... Patricia
Luanne Roberts ... Pamela
David Astor ... The Counterman
Lynn Lyon ... The Dancer
Judy Lang ... Trish
Charles Victor ... Valerie's Doctor


A psychiatrist plots to murder his wife, but with a new twist: he will brainwash a patient he is treating into committing the crime.

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Lock your doors tonight, Miss. Don't go out tonight, Miss. See more »


Crime | Horror


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March 1970 (USA)  »

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The Lovely Touch  »

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1.37 : 1
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References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »


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Sung by Gary Le Mel and Ginger Blake
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Psycho Lover Delivers....
20 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is the kind of film that can only be truly appreciated in hindsight. It's one of my most guilty of pleasures, the other being 'Ice House' a nasty little thriller of similar vintage.

Director ONeill I would wager saw his share of Bava, probably at least 'Blood And Black Lace'. The murder sequences in 'Psycho Lover' are marvelous set pieces. And interestingly, the women fight back & get in some good licks, these are not generally weak defenseless women.

The music through-out the film is spot on for the time period. There's just something very edgy about the entire proceedings that I really enjoy. Combined with this are some goofy sequences that again, I rather enjoy. ONeill is a capable director. His use of camera, editing approach, story telling ability, use of lighting & mood is first rate. Absolutely I'd rate this as grade A cinema in terms of technical marks, he gets an 'A' on all counts, good work.

Acting as well is first rate. No one really slows it down & everyone has ample time to work their characters into the plot & develop them fully. Dialogue is sharp as well. You may recognize Laurence Montaige from his stint is several Star Trek original series episodes playing a Vulcan, he looks like Spocks Brown Haired Cousin actually & was a natural for Star Trek. He's a capable actor & I always enjoyed his performances albeit I've not seen too much of his other work or am even aware of his professional career much outside this film & some TV work.

I first saw this title in a Drive-In theater before there was such a thing as the internet. Since then I was on the search having even forgotten the name proper of the film. However, images were burned into my brain forever & I was not going to forget this film & as luck would have it I finally struck pay dirt, first in VHS format. This current version is near pristine, good transfer & excellent condition.

I for one think the Dream Sequence is excellent. I like the whole film so sue me! You've got cool frantic music, a wild Daddy Roth style car, a speed boat, a super intelligent psychiatrist with a lake side cabin hide away, a hot to trot mistress, cool gadgets like cassette tape recorders, radar in his car ?! You've got a psychotic killer on the loose, a frustrated cop, a bitter drunken floozy of a wife...the psycho's land lady is named 'Mrs. Gerber'!?! yowza!

This is not however, the kind of film most of your friends will appreciate. The murders are fairly brutal & graphic (by standards of the time) & there's' definitely not too many PC moments a-happenin in this flick. We'll just have to accept the fact that some pleasures are purely esoteric & to explain them or expect too many others to feel the same way is unrealistic.

'The Psycho Lover'; if you love 60's / 70's psychotronic film, bizarre concepts, definitely NON-PC material, this film is for you. Any film that couldn't be made in todays climate gets 2 thumbs up from me anyways, just on principle alone. Check it out.

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