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Though scripted by Psycho author Robert Bloch, this is neither a sequel nor a variant on the Alfred Hitchcock classic. Instead, we are presented with a more subdued British version of an Italian "giallo" thriller, as interpreted by acclaimed director Freddie Francis. The plot involves a pattern of grisly murders whose perpetrator leaves a small doll by the body of each victim. The plot thickens as police eventually link each of the victims to the lost fortune of a German tycoon, whose dirty business dealings were uncovered shortly after World War II; what seems at first to be the work of a single revenge-minded maniac hints at a wider-reaching and more devious plot. Bloch's script, though lean and filled with surprises, is a bit too overloaded with manipulative twists, red herrings, and futile attempts to outdo Psycho's manic intensity, but Francis still builds sufficient momentum to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi … More
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An Amicus film from yet another screenplay written by the ubiquitous Robert Bloch, th
An entertaining murder tale scripted by Robert Bloch. Some reviewers compared it unfavorably with Hitchcock's adaptation of Bloch's novel Psycho but there is really little similarity except for one stabbing scene that resembles the shower scene from the more famous film. Others compared it more fairly to the Italain "giallo" crime films. By far a better comparison is to the series of German B movies based on the novels of Edgar Wallace and his son Bryan Edgar Wallace. It has a similar style and pacing to those films but a rather more coherent story than most of them had.
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