Director: William Castle Cast: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Jean Arless


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2013
UPC: 0043396428973
Original Release: 1961
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 0:00:00
Sales rank: 50,514

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Corbett Karl
Patricia Breslin Miriam Webster
Jean Arless Emily/Warren
Eugenie Leontovich Helga
Alan Bunce Dr. Jones
Ralph Moody 1st Clerk
Richard Rust Jim Nesbitt
James Westerfield Mr. Adrims
Gilbert Green Lieutenant Miller
Wolfe Barzell Olie
Hope Summers Mrs. Adrims
Joe Forte 2nd Clerk
William Castle Narrator

Technical Credits
William Castle Director,Producer
Edwin H. Bryant Editor
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Robb White Screenwriter

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