Homicidal (1961)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

While traveling along similar lines as Psycho, director William Castle and scripter Robb White manage to include enough originality that the shock ending still has the power to catch many viewers off guard.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

What's really surprising about Homicidal is that...it's an enjoyably bizarre film, making some of the basic elements of Psycho even freakier.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Wildly plotted thriller

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

There never was a Psycho knock-off quite as overt about it, yet at the same time as creative and effective in its own right,

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I have to admit, it's a pretty good twist.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Classic Castle exploitation rip-off of Psycho

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The plot's soon dawdling, a stuffy, overheated theatricality creeping in ... No pulpish curiosity but a mere footnote in the post-Psycho history of slasher movies.

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Sean Axmaker

This devious little gem is an inspired twist on its inspiration...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A wonderfully hokey B-movie from the director with all the gimmicks, William Castle (Tingler).

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I really liked this movie, it's one of Castle's best films, I think. The story starts with a murder mystery and gets more complicated and confusing,… More
Tim Salmons
I like it cause it's William Castle, but this Psycho-inspired story was ruined for me when I heard the overdub. I figured it out early, so I was just… More
Cindy I
One of three William Castle films I took in this past weekend. And actually, as cheezy as it is, the most entertaining of the bunch. I thought I had the story… More
Veronique Kwak
a classic camp with jaw-dropping plot twist which is so seamlessly pulled off. even it's not something made with great sophistication but the outsetting 30… More
Drew Smith
Totally defanged as anything remotely resembling a thriller, horror or serious movie, but a relatively fun campy watch. I can't believe people never see… More