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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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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

Some of Lynne Frederick's wardrobe for the movie was recycled from Largo retorno (1975), a film she had starred in the previous year. 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

References Deep Red (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Girl on the Beach
(uncredited)
Music by Alan Braden
Standard Music Library Ltd
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"Time for the reckoning Jean."
24 April 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

British cult film-maker Pete Walker's "Schizo" is quite a blunt, if nastily grimy little psycho shocker (with giallo touches) that doesn't provide much in the way of story surprises, but cements a growing sense of unease that's broken up by constant its unpleasantness.

Samantha is an international ice-skater who's about to marry. This should be a happy time in her life; however she gets the feeling that someone is stalking her. Someone from her past, she would like to forget about. However that's hard to do when dead bodies start piling up and she believes it to be the man that slashed her mother to death, but no one seems to believe her.

The ensemble cast bestows some strong performances, especially in its support with standouts like the gorgeous Stephanie Beacham and a cynical John Frazer. Even Jack Watson had a creepy presence about him. A sound turn by Lynne Frederick in the lead covering a neurotic side and John Leyton is acceptable as her husband. Walker sturdily strings together the taut set-pieces with his leering, but expressive camera-work. The narrative keeps everything rather shady, building an edgy psychological imprint with its stalk and slash structure. The script stays interesting (despite never being too revealing) and playing around with a sense of paranoia (stress used as an excuse), but the red herrings are too obvious to be effective, so when it comes to the double whammy it doesn't pack much of a blow or is particularly credible. Stanley Myers' unhinged music score is jaunty, but extremely haunting and disorienting in its spells.

Nice cover artwork on the VHS case, but it does give a subtle clue to where the story might just head.


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