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Homicidal (1961)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 28 June 1961 (USA)
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The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Robb White
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Corbett ... Karl Anderson
Patricia Breslin ... Miriam Webster
Eugenie Leontovich ... Helga Swenson
Alan Bunce ... Doctor Jonas
Richard Rust ... Jim Nesbitt
James Westerfield ... Alfred S. Adrims
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Lt. Miller
Joan Marshall ... Emily (as Jean Arless)
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Storyline

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 alfiehitchie

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The story of a psychotic killer! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Homicida See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The premiere was held at the Palace Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio with producer William Castle in attendance. See more »

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The position of the knocker in Helga's hand changes between shots numerous times whenever she's using it. See more »

Quotes

Miriam Webster: I remember when we were kids, you took this doll away from me and I never saw it again.
Warren: You want it? Take it.
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Crazy Credits

William Castle does needlepoint as he introduces the movie, then shows it as the movie's title, followed by the beginning credits which are also in needlepoint. See more »

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Homicidal
Performed by Rawniggaz
Written by D. Michaeltine & B. Handsum
Lyrics by Scary D Satanik Buztz & Doorclosing
Courtesy of God Bap Ltd., AEP Inc.
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From Hitchcock to Castle to Wood or vice versa
21 September 2006 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

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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