Homicidal 1961

Homicidal

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Chaos and danger reign when good girl Miriam Webster (Patricia Breslin) meets her half brother's girl friend, Emily (Jean Arless), a mysterious blonde bombshell living at their family's Southern California estate. Emily serves as the nurse for the sibling's aging, wheelchair-using guardian, Helga Swenson (Eugenie Leontovich). She is not, however, as sweet as she seems. Emily soon reveals herself to be a murderous schemer who will stop at nothing to steal Miriam's extensive inheritance.

Cast & Crew

Alan Bunce
Doctor Jones
Richard Rust
Jim Nesbitt
Wolfe Barzell
Olie (uncredited)
Hope Summers
Mrs. Adrims (uncredited)
Robb White
Writer (Screenplay)
Hugo Friedhofer
Original Music
Burnett Guffey
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Edwin H. Bryant
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Cary Odell
Art Direction
Darrell Silvera
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Critic Reviews for Homicidal

All Critics (9) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Homicidal

  • Nov 06, 2010
    One of three William Castle films I took in this past weekend. And actually, as cheezy as it is, the most entertaining of the bunch. I thought I had the story figured out, but then the film went and threw me a couple of curve balls, A strange climactic scene that bore a resemblence to PSYCHO made me want to see the film again to fill in some details of how they got there.
    Cindy I Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I really liked this movie, it's one of Castle's best films, I think. The story starts with a murder mystery and gets more complicated and confusing, and ends with a crazy twist. It's a lot of fun, and I highly recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2010
    Totally defanged as anything remotely resembling a thriller, horror or serious movie, but a relatively fun campy watch. I can't believe people never see the twist coming - I had it figured out within twenty minutes. Come on, have y'all never watched a movie before? Especially hilarious is William Castle coming to hold our hands in the last fifteen minutes of the movie, warning weaker members of the audience that what they're about to see is TRULY HORRIFIC and giving them a "fright break" to leave the theater if they are so inclined. Really, this is sort of an interesting look into a genesis of camp, where a genre piece has become so woefully dated (by means of technical composition and the changing of the form itself) that its worthlessness actually wraps back around to entertainment again. Fun, but too much of a Hitchcock ripoff to truly appreciate. Even in badness, originality is important.
    Drew S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2009
    I like it cause it's William Castle, but this Psycho-inspired story was ruined for me when I heard the overdub. I figured it out early, so I was just waiting for the ending.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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