Homicidal (1961)

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The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.

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12 December 2003 | sol-kay
| Split/Personalry
The movie "Homicidal" actually has a much better story then "Psycho" to which it's always compared to. A young woman checks into an hotel in Ventura Calif. for the night and when the bellhop is called to her room to bring a pitcher of ice, after giving him an $100.00 bill as a tip, startles him by asking that he marry her! This under the condition that he gets the marriage annulled immediately after the ceremony! If all that's not enough to leave the stunned bellhop wondering if he's not really under the influence of some strong hallucinogenic drug the woman offers him another $1,900.00 to agree to it!

Later that night after taking the vows of matrimony and with the Justice of the Peace about to kiss the bride she pulls out a knife from her purse! To the shock and horror of her new husband and the Justices wife she stabs him to death! was it his bad breath that made her do it? Wow! what a way to start for a movie.

The movie "Homicidal" then goes into a long and drawn out story about a dysfunctional family that's coming to a crisis point at the time that the son Warren is about to reach his twenty first birthday. By reaching that milestone Warren is to inherit ten million dollars that his father left him. A few years back Warren and his former nanny Helga, who suffered a stroke, went on a trip to her native country Denmark. It's there Warren met and fell in love with Emily and they were secretly married.

Emily who, by her talk and actions, seemed to be a bit unstable and even more serious has a murderous dislike of Helga and Warren's step-sister Miriam. still Warren is so much in love Emily that he tries to overlook all of that.

Homicidal has some very good plot twists in it with a surprise ending to the surprise of no one watching the movie. I for one really liked that fright-clock scene that director William Castle put in the movie just before the you know what was about to hit the fan. This in order to give the people in the audience time to run out of the theater and not only get their money back but to avoid seeing the terrifying as well as heart-stopping ending. An ending that might very well have put them into cardiac arrest if their hearts were too weak and couldn't take the shock.

But the most incredible thing about the movie was the appearance as well as the acting of of the star Gean Arless who played the part of Warren. Arless made those of us watching the movie think that this was too good, or better yet too bad, to be true. Looking like a cross between Bela Lugosi's Dracula when he's just about to plant his fangs into your neck and Lon Cheney Jr. in the early stages of him morphing into the Wolf-Man with a voice that sounds like it's being generated straight out of a computer.

A very good storyline keeps the movie going smoothly with a plot that has more meat to it and is less complicated then "Psycho" even though I thought that the "surprise" ending was very predictable.

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