25 July 2014

Homicidal (1961)
87 min.
Directed by William Castle.
With Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce, Richard Rust, James Westerfield, Gilbert Green, Jean Arless.
One of Castle's better horrors.

Calling herself 'Miriam Webster' (clever, eh?), an attractive but icy blonde (Arless) bribes a hotel bellboy to marry her and then, during the ceremony, brutally stabs the Justice of the Peace to death.

Turns out 'Miriam' is really Emily, caretaker to an elderly woman once nanny to the *real* Miriam Webster (Breslin) and her brother Warren.

So why the elaborate setup? See for yourself.

Obviously a variation on Hitchcock's PSYCHO, this manages some decent merits (you can't deny Arless turns in an utterly bizarre performance) and is competently shot and paced.

The opening is nicely sustained and Emily's shock stabbing of the Justice holds up well all these years later.

No classic, but Castle generally treads water here and delivers an enjoyable thriller, a fun companion piece of sorts to his own axe opus Strait-Jacket (1964).

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