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Schizo (1976)

A recently-married woman who has been labeled as mentally unstable begins to suspect that someone close to her is the culprit in a sudden string of murders.

Director:

Pete Walker

Writer:

David McGillivray (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynne Frederick ... Samantha
John Leyton ... Alan Falconer
Stephanie Beacham ... Beth
John Fraser ... Leonard
Jack Watson ... William Haskin
Queenie Watts Queenie Watts ... Mrs. Wallace
Trisha Mortimer Trisha Mortimer ... Joy
Paul Alexander Paul Alexander ... Peter McAllister
Robert Mill Robert Mill ... Maitre d'
Colin Jeavons ... Commissioner
Victor Winding Victor Winding ... Sergeant
Raymond Bowers Raymond Bowers ... Manager
Pearl Hackney ... Lady at Seance
Terry Duggan Terry Duggan ... Editor
Lindsay Campbell Lindsay Campbell ... Falconer
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Storyline

Samantha and Alan are getting married, but William Haskins isn't pleased. He grabs a train south to London and begins shadowing Samantha as she tries to get on with married life. Haskins' attempts to frighten her drive Samantha to desperation, but she's having trouble convincing anyone that she's being stalked. Even her psychiatrist dismisses her concerns as part of her neurosis. As bodies begin turning up, Samantha's story becomes more believable, and her dark secret from the past begins to reveal itself. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Schizophrenia... When the left hand doesn't know who the right hand is killing!!


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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amok See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last cinema film of John Fraser. See more »

Goofs

At around 1h 24 mins, a crew member can briefly be seen in one of the mirrors as Samantha enters the bathroom looking for William Haskin. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit the stabbing of a naked woman during the flashback scene. However additional cuts were made (totalling 1 min 3 secs) for the video release with further edits to the same scene plus cuts to the hammer murder, a sex scene and the stabbing of Mrs Wallace through the head with a knitting needle. The 2008 Redemption DVD is fully uncut. See more »

Connections

Featured in My Sweet Schizo (2012) See more »

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Music by Herbie Flowers and Roger Coulam
Standard Music Library Ltd
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I was in two minds about this one...
7 March 2013 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

On one hand, Pete Walker's psychological horror Schizo is a pretty fun time-waster, boasting decent performances, some delightfully gruesome killings (best of all being a knitting needle in the head—implausible but cool), and a touch of nudity courtesy of its lovely star Lynne Frederick, who plays Samantha, a recently married premier ice skater who finds herself terrorised by menacing weirdo William Haskins, recently released from jail for the brutal murder of Samantha's mother.

On the other hand, the film is a little bit too long for its own good, stretching its rather thin story-line to breaking point, and you would have to be crazier than this movie's killer not to work out who is responsible for its bloody murders: given the film's blatant title, Walker's final twist is far too easy to guess, making this a far less effective thriller than it otherwise might have been.

Ultimately tipping things in its favour are Walker's assured direction, a decent supporting turn from Hammer babe Stephanie Beacham, some unnecessary but entertaining occult nonsense, and an unmissable appearance by the world's most hideous wallpaper design (at least four designs in one, all of them horrible).

6.5 out of 10, rounded up to 7 for IMDb.


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