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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.

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Robert Vincent O'Neill (as Robert Vincent O'Neil)

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

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Crime | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovely Touch See more »

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Taos-Libra Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

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A Woman
Written by Gary Le Mel (uncredited), Norma Green (uncredited) and Jim Helms (uncredited)
Sung by Gary Le Mel and Ginger Blake
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Classy seventies thriller - stands out above similar films!
14 November 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The plot of this film isn't exactly original; the film itself even admits to this by mentioning the classic film 'The Manchurian Candidate' halfway through, but for what it is; The Psycho Lover easily provides eighty minutes of entertainment, and it's an above average film to boot. The film centres on the idea of brainwashing someone into committing murder, although this plot doesn't come through until half an hour in, and it is a little difficult to ascertain what is going on at certain points. After the first half hour, I really wasn't expecting this to develop into anything, but things pick up once we see where things are going. Psychologist Kenneth Alden has a problem; he's got himself a hot girlfriend named Stacey, but his relationship with her is being held back by wife, who doesn't want to be with him because she doesn't loves him - but also doesn't want to give him a divorce because she knows not doing so will wind him up. When Stacey tells Kenneth about a film she has seen, 'The Manchurian Candidate', he gets the bright idea of brainwashing someone and having him kill his wife...

One problem I have with this film is that many of its scenes are far too drawn out. However, this isn't always a bad thing as many of these sequences are more interesting than they should be given the type of film. The scene in which we are introduced to Kenneth's wife is very strong, and the sequence that sees our serial killer stalk a victim through an empty house is actually quite exciting. The film was shot on a low budget, and this is always obvious although not that important; as there are no big stunts and the film admirably overcomes its budget restraints. The acting isn't bad either, and Lawrence Montaigne is good in the lead role. He receives good support from Jo Anne Meredith as his wife, while Frank Cuva and Elizabath Plumb bulk out the rest of the central cast. The ending is nice and ironic, and works well considering what has gone before it. Films like this are usually ten a penny, but this one stands out above similar movies, and I will say that if you consider yourself a fan of cult seventies cinema - this one is more worth tracking down than most!


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