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Miriam Webster is happy when her half brother Warren and their childhood nanny Helga, now partly paralyzed and unable to speak, return to the United States after a lengthy stay in Europe. Warren will soon turn 21 and will inherit their father's $10 million estate and although she will get nothing - their father's will specified that only a male heir could inherit - she's happy in her circumstances. One person she doesn't like however is Emily who came with Warren and Helga from Europe and now lives with them as a housekeeper/companion. Miriam has good reason not to like her as she seems to be a homicidal maniac. What Miriam doesn't realize is that there is method behind Emily's madness and a deep family secret that she is not privy to.
A WORD OF WARNING! Please don't reveal the ending of this picture or your friends will kill you
Release Date: June , 1961
Runtime: 87 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Glenn Corbett ...Karl Anderson
Patricia Breslin ...Miriam Webster
Eugenie Leontovich ...Helga Swenson
Alan Bunce ...Doctor Jonas
Richard Rust ...Jim Nesbitt
James Westerfield ...Alfred S. Adrims (Justice of the Peace)
Gilbert Green ...Lt. Miller
Joan Marshall ...Emily / Warren (as Jean Arless)
Wolfe Barzell ...Olie
Teri Brooks ...Mrs. Forest
William Castle ...Prologue Host
Joseph Forte ...Second Hotel Clerk
Ralph Moody ...First Hotel Clerk
'Snub' Pollard ...Bellhop
Hope Summers ...Mrs. Martha Adrims
More Movie Taglines:
- A WORD OF WARNING! Please don't reveal the ending of this picture or your friends will kill you
- IF THEY DON'T, I WILL!
- William Castle
- SPECIAL "FRIGHT BREAK" * There will be a special FRIGHT BREAK during the showing of "Homicidal." Can you heart stand the challenge when the clock starts the COUNTDOWN!
- THE PICTURE WITH A "FRIGHT BREAK!"
- The story of a psychotic killer!
- Emily: If you do not leave this house in the next minute, I will kill you!
Alfred S. Adrims: Take this woman for your lawful weddded wife? Jim Nesbitt: I guess so.
Karl Anderson: Is there any way to tell? Doctor Jonas: [Distracted after a long pause] Hah? Tell what, Karl? Karl Anderson: Well. If a person's homicidal? Doctor Jonas: [giving him a prescription] There you are. No... That's what makes them so dangerous. They can change from being your friend into your murderer in a second's time!
Emily: [to Helga] If it wasn't for me you would've been dead by now.
Miriam Webster: I remember when we were kids, you took this doll away from me and I never saw it again. Warren: You want it? Take it.
- In the final reel, when Miriam is about to go into the house for the big climax, there was a one-minute "Fright Break" in which producer/director William Castle advised the audience that anyone too scared to see the climax could go into the lobby and get their money back. For this gimmick, Columbia shipped a cardboard "Coward's Corner" to theaters playing the film. Supposedly, audience members too frightened to see the climax could go to the "Coward's Corner" and wait there until the film ended and the rest of the audience filed past.
This was one of the most successful knock-offs of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). William Castleand Columbia had this in theaters a year after the release of "Psycho". Part of the reason for the delay was that, at the time "Psycho" went into release, Castle was still working on 13 Ghosts (1960).
SPOILER: In order to carry off the deception, all of Warren's dialog was actually dubbed in by an (uncredited) male actor.
SPOILER: The dialog makes repeated references to Emily, Warren and Helga being in Denmark. At the time this film was produced, the early 1960s, Denmark was the only place where competent transsexual operations were being routinely performed.
SPOILER ALERT: The bathrobe the Justice of the Peace is wearing when he is stabbed to death in the chest is the same exact bathrobe that the caretaker is wearing when he is stabbed to death in the back in 13 Frightened Girls! (1963) (same director, same studio) two years later.
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Rating: 7.9 out of 10.0 - 59 votes cast total
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