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- Interview with Boaz Davidson

Schizoid (1980) Directed By: David Paulsen Starring: Klaus Kinski, Donna Wilkes, Marianna Hill

Julie is an advice columnist for the city newspaper who begins to receive anonymous notes threatening murder and worse. At about the same time, female members of the group therapy seson she attends are being stabbed, one by one, by an unknown assailant. Is there a connection? If so, why do the notes talk about murder with a gun, while the murder victims are being stabbed? At first, the police, her ex-husband, her therapist and her friends all assure her that the notes are probably unrelated, and hoax; but with time, it becomes apparent that someone close to her is responble. Is it her therapist, Pieter, who has sex with his patients just before they are murdered? Or Pieter’s daughter, who resents Julie for Julie’s romantic involvement with Pieter? Is it Julie’s ex-husband, who never really wanted their divorce? Or maybe Gilbert, the eccentric building maintenance man whom many people believe is a little crazy anyway? Just about everyone around her seems mentally disturbed enough.

I sadly didn’t have the same joy out of the second part of our double feature as I did the first film. And, oddly enough, this one perhaps packs the best transfer as the film looked just beautiful with detail in some areas. The thing about this movie was the kills seemed weak and the action was just too slow. It came across as more of a giallo than anything else and I had hoped for more of a slasher. There wasn’t a ton of gore, but there is some blood. Also, for what it might be worth the killer does at least look cool.

There is also a great deal of naked women. We have some of what we need for a great slasher, but we just had too slow of a pace and not enough gore. The actors, however, are very keen to their roles and if nothing else make the movie as a whole at least watchable. We end up with a very nice looking movies, but a weak movie none the less. Others might enjoy it more, but I just wanted more action and more blood. I still got to compliment the job on the transfer here.

- Interview with Donna Wilkes - Theatrical Trailer
chuckconry101 Sunday 7/21/2013 at 05:25 AM | 101685