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Homicidal represents producer/director William Castle's slant on Hitchcock's Psycho. The film concerns a young woman named Miriam Webster (Patricia Breslin) who seemingly has everything a girl could want - including a successful flower shop business, and a handsome beau, Karl (Glenn Corbett), who works as a pharmacist. Events take a turn for the worse, however, when Miriam's half-brother, Warren, returns from Europe - with a rather unpleasant friend in-tow: a blonde named Emily (Jean Arless). Emily promptly sets about destroying Miriam's life: the newcomer attempts to wheedle Karl away from Miriam, then rips the flower shop to pieces, then ultimately reveals a little taste for knife-wielding that directly threatens Miriam's safety. Like The Tingler and other Castle outings, this one originally featured a gimmick, preserved in the video release: a "fright-break" just prior to the climax, which allowed terrified audience members approximately 45 seconds to get out of their seats and leave the theater - to avoid the prospect of being "frightened to death." One look at Jean Arless's credit in the cast listing betrays the final twist in this one, directly (and unapologetically) lifted by Castle from Psycho.

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Glenn Corbett
as Karl Anderson
Patricia Breslin
as Miriam Webster
Joan Marshall
as Emily/Warren
Eugenie Leontovich
as Helga Swenson
Alan Bunce
as Dr. Jonas
Richard Rust
as Jim Nesbitt
Gilbert Green
as Lt. Miller
Hope Summers
as Mrs. Adrims
Teri Brooks
as Mrs. Forest
Ralph Moody
as 1st Clerk
Joe Forte
as 2nd Clerk
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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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