"Schizophrenia... When the left hand doesn't know who the right hand is killing!!"
Director: Pete Walker
Starring: Lynne Frederick, John Leyton, Stephanie Beacham, John Fraser
This more of a British giallo than an all-out horror film. Not my rip - Thanks to SChiZO for this one! The cast includes Lynne Frederick (Vampire Circus, Voyage of the Damned), John Leyton (Von Ryan's Express, The Great Escape), Jack Watson (The Sea Wolves, Grand Prix), and Stephanie Beacham (Troop Beverly Hills, Inseminoid).
Schizo tells the story of Samantha Gray, a professional ice-skater whose impending marriage to businessman Alan Falconer is reported in the national press. The newspaper article is seen by William Haskin, the former lover of Samantha's mother and Mrs. Gray's convicted murderer. As a child, Samantha had witnessed the murder of her mother, a disturbing primal scene that had left deep scars on her psyche. Haskin, on parole but still clearly disturbed, leaves his seedy bed-sit in England's industrial North-East and travels to London, where he begins to stalk Samantha. Haskin is dismissed as a figment of Samantha's imagination, but soon the bodies begin to pile up as Samantha's sanity hangs in the balance...
"In the 1970s Pete Walker made a body of psycho-thrillers that included the likes of Die Screaming Marianne (1971), The Flesh and Blood Show (1972), House of Whipcord (1974), Frightmare (1974), The Confessional/House of Mortal Sin (1976) and The Comeback (1977). Walker failed though to extend his popularity much into the 1980s, where one might have thought he would have found welcome employ amidst the slasher cycle. Walker’s last film was House of the Long Shadows (1983), which can be measured as the last gasp of the traditional English horror film. Pete Walker is usually dismissed as a hack director with a taste for Sadean. But I must confess that I regard Pete Walker’s work as a little better than that. He is a competent directorial stylist, his plots are usually quite a bit more sophisticated than the average psycho-thriller of the era and there is an interesting theme that runs throughout his work of the cruelty of institutional authority. It does seem rather high-minded of other critics who can laud the extremely sadistic works of Dario Argento and Mario Bava to the sky, yet condemn Walker for the same thing...
Pete Walker’s ace in the hole proves to be the quite lovely Lynne Frederick. Lynne Frederick has a real demure beauty and it is a great mystery as to why she never became a bigger star. She appeared in only about a dozen films, including a surprising number of genre ones – No Blade of Grass (1970), The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972), Vampire Circus (1972) and Phase IV (1974). Of course, she married Peter Sellers in 1977 and following his death in 1980 faded away into obscurity and never worked as an actress again. One was shocked to learn of her death of alcoholism in 1994 at the age of only 40." -The Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Review
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