Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00pm | Regular admission prices | 35mm print!
Presented with a FRIGHT BREAK! There will be a special FRIGHT BREAK during this showing of Homicidal. All those too frightened to see the end of the picture will be welcomed to the COWARD’S CORNER!
Part of our month-long series Summer Camp presents: The Films of William Castle. Every Wednesday in June – each film will be presented with its original exhibition gimmick! Click here for the schedule.
The blockbuster success of Hitchcock’s Psycho inspired William Castle to venture into psychological thrillers, and the ever-enterprising filmmaker did his best to outdo Hitch’s 1960 classic with this enthusiastically lurid tale of murder, madness and a deadly family inheritance.
“Castle’s wacky answer to Hitchcock’s Psycho… a highly entertaining thriller… enjoyably bizarre, with jaw-dropping performances and some truly shocking twists.” – Lee Pfeiffer, Cinema Retro
Castle’s devious thriller Homicidal contains all the right ingredients for a fully-satisfying shriek-fest: a sleepy Southern California town, a beautiful blonde with icy eyes and a thing for sharp knives, a mute old woman in a wheelchair, and a deep, dark secret involving a repressed young man haunted by the past and his dead father. The bodies start piling up and the shocks keep coming as the crazed story hurtles toward an outlandishly insidious twist ending that Castle brilliantly kept shrouded in mystery, even going so far as to have one of the actors billed under a pseudonym in order to keep audiences guessing. For the coup de grace, our favorite cinematic carny created the “Fright Break,” which gave terrified audience members one last chance to leave the theater before the film’s startling climax. His reward for those chickens who couldn’t muster the fortitude to stay through the end? A walk of shame along the “yellow streak” to the “Coward’s Corner,” where a special card certifying their cowardice could be signed and the full admission price could be refunded while fellow patrons jeered. (Dir. by William Castle, 1961, USA, 87 mins., Not Rated)