Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Schizo (1976)

A beautiful young ice-skater is stalked by her mother's killer in the weeks following her wedding, but no one seems to believe her despite the number of bodies that begin piling up around her. Who is this crazed madman, and what does he want with Samantha all these years later? Pete Walker fashions another mean little Slasher film out of England while taking key notes from the popular Italian Gialli. Although it is well-played and stylishly directed, the slow pacing, cluttered plot, and predictable twists make this a pretty standard watch. Even still, the bloody payoff in the end comes as a complete shock. Walker slips in several other brutal murder sequences throughout the film while somehow managing to keep it off of the notorious "Video Nasties" list in the UK. With enough atmosphere, killing, and suspense to keep the average viewer's attention, SCHIZO proves to be another enjoyable entry in the early English Slasher cycle.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 5/10.

If you liked SCHIZO, check out:
HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON, FRIGHTMARE, NIGHTMARE IN A DAMAGED BRAIN.



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2 comments:

  1. Another I knew nothing about!

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  2. Pete Walker is good stuff Wings, FRIGHTMARE and HOUSE OF WHIPCORD are my favorites, but this was definitely a good time!

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