The Young Poisoner's Handbook

1995

The Young Poisoner's Handbook

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This pitch black British comedy presents an examination of young British fellow who decided to become a professional poisoner in the early 1960's while simultaneously taking a satiric poke at British society and medicine. The film is very loosely based on a true story. Graham is a fourteen-year old genius in chemistry who must live with his appalling family consisting of his dad, wicked step-mother, and sister. Graham begins his career by slowly poisoning his step-mum with tainted sweets and altered medicine. After he offs his uncle in a similar manner, Graham is imprisoned where Dr. Zeigler, who specializes in the treatment of psychopath's, works with him. The doctor is impressed at Graham's genius and believes he can be cured. Seven years later, the supposedly cured Graham is released on parole where he immediately begins where he left off.

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  • Sep 22, 2012
    It doesn't delve into its subjects psyche enough for my taste, but there is a interesting bluntness to its narrative. A Sociopathic Megalomaniac will continue to be a Sociopathic Megalomaniac, regardless of how much dream analysis they undergo.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2012
    "He gave his life to his research, so did his family." [Tagline] The biographical sketch of the protagonist is indeed extraordinary, but the way the events are portrayed herein hampers its effect. Despite fictionalizing the accounts, the movie fails to maintain enough interest. Wish the makers were dedicated enough!!!
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2010
    Quite the little hidden morbidly dark comedy gem.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2009
    not the best movie i have ever seen and neither was it fill of the best acting ive ever seen but damn is it creepy with the way he goes round poisoning people and seeing them gradually die but yet you have enough sympathy for him to actually find out what happens and want to watch the film to see if he gets cured or not
    Lone W Super Reviewer

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