A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more ... See full summary »
The story centers around a murderous scheme to collect a rich inheritance. The object of murder is Miriam Webster, who is to share in the inheritance with her half brother Warren, who lives with his childhood guardian Helga in the mansion where Warren and Mariam grew up. Confined to a wheelchair after recently suffering a stroke, Helga is cared for by her nurse Emily, a strange young woman who has formed a close bond with Warren.Written by
William Castle's Homicidal straddles a mile wide line between Hitchcock's consensus classic Psycho and Ed Wood's no budget foray into transvestitism, Glen or Glenda. That's probably reason enough for a lot of people to check Homicidal out, though apart from some nice details, there isn't a whole lot there. A couple of scenes on a stairway with a special track for a wheelchair, where a disabled old woman descends aren't bad, especially the latter, which is done in the semi-darkness as the film heads into those final ten minutes of terror, where the audience is warned in advance to clear the theater. Before that final act, a knife sharpener has to drive twenty miles to the big house to sharpen the special knife, a rush job, so that it can be used for the next victim. There's other little parts here and there that sort of make up for a general lack of direction, a newspaper headline blares "Homicidal Maniac!", and a subplot about Denmark and transsexual surgical procedures, that at the time were a bigger, darker, and juicier subject.
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