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psychic killer - warning: spoilers
by horripilatus (horripilatus)
at October 19th, 2007 (03:41 am)

current mood: hungry
current song: Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi

Psychic Killer (1975)
directed by Ray Danton
Rated: PG, but this before Pg-13, etc. There's a naked lady, so kiddies, be warned!

Tag line: "First it drives you mad, then it kills and kills and kills!"

summary: Mental patient Arnold Masters, hospitalized for a murder he didn't commit, learns astral projection--the art of leaving one's physical body and transporting the soul someplace else--from a fellow inmate. Upon his release, Arnold uses his new powers to bump off the people he holds responsible for his arrest, his mother's death while he was imprisoned and the price of meat! Lt. Morgan and Lt. Anderson are the cops on his trail, while his caring shrink, Dr. Scott, tries to prevent any more deaths.
Best Quotes:
(here's the train dialogue...yes, i wrote it down)
setting: a fenced in yard on top of the insane asylum that overlooks train tracks)
Emilio: I'm waiting for a train.
Arnold: Save a seat for me.
E: I watch for it here every day and one is due soon.
A: That's the nice thing about trains...They're always going somewhere.
E: I killed my own daughter...She had become a whore...They say maybe I'm crazy, but they do not understand an act of honor.
A: I didn't kill any one. My mother was sick for a long time. I stayed with her, I took care of her (blah blah blah, he goes on about his dead mom for a while) They charged me with murder. My lawyer sold me out. The trial was a joke...What the hell's the difference?
E: I believe you.
(they share a loving gaze)
A: (goes on about his dead mom for another long time, then pauses) Your train is late.
E: Maybe I can help you.
A: How?
E: The day before I die, I shall kill the pimp that turned my daughter into a whore...The day after I die, I shall help you find justice...for yourself.
(a train whistles)
(it pans back to them clutching onto the fence)

Best Death:
The "lawyer" - definitely. Come one, singing opera while taping himself in a construction site and getting smashed by a huge rock isn't just good, it's classic. Thank you for finally killing him, psychic killer. Plus, the cops reviewed the tape later, complete with being smushed like a bug at the end. That recorder was built tonka tuff, they should have marketed it.

Biggest Cheese:
What isn't? The main character is made out of cheese. Just listen to how to talks - total robotic cheese. I guess if I had to pick the biggest is when he and the original psychic killer, Emilio, are talking about the train coming in a mystical, choppy conversation that sounds more like a drug pick up than anything else.

Truly Grotesque:
Ew, the doctor sleeps with the greasy cop. Ew, no! Say it ain't so! And even worse, our "hero" watched the whole thing...psychically, of course.

Monster meter:
A man that drinks milk and pets pretty white cats isn't so...you know...scary. He reminds me a little of Clark Kent...just a boring Clark Kent. He doesn't even seem REALLY angry that apparently the whole world 'off'ed his ma. And in the end, he turns old and crusty (baaaad make-up artist) and then dies. But I'll give him this, the cop killed him in a really under-handed way. This is a representation of our system, doing anything just to get your way? God help us all, I hope we get more psychic killers then.

Cliche factor:
The lunatics at the beginning...acting kuh-ray-zie! Having a crazy doctor that knows ALL about psychic killings and can explain it to us simple folk.

Actual good:
1 star out of 5 - it's a horrible, terrible movie

Good is Bad:
2 1/2 stars out of five - it can get pretty ridiculous

Logic, let me introduce you to this window:
Evil likes to do 180's in a car? Why was the butcher involved? I don't get that. It seemed more like Arnold was pissed just like the nice black lady about the rising price of meat. Plus the whole ending really didn't make sense. Is the cat now a psychic? I guess we'll find out in PK2...oh, wait, that never happened...

Notes: The dialogue is...odd. People don't actually talk this way (again, read the train dialogue)...

The killings feel pretty random, but are a bit amusing. Like watching slut-nurse work was interesting. If I end up in an old folks home, send me there! I want sexy nurses to dance around me in their underwear. The butcher dying was pretty gruesome, which leads me to :

Things I've learned from this movie:
-when there's a rack of meat moving towards you, step to the side and let it pass. Don't be hit by it, stupid.
-psychics have blue milk
-calling someone and they dont answer means that it's okay to go into their home and see if they're clinically dead
-sweating and grunting in the middle of the night means that some one is conjuring their psychic powers...
-cats love psychics
-nurses push old ladies off of cliffs

Bottom line: Some parts are a bit slow and unbelievable, but you love B-horror, so you can handle it (I'm sure you've seen worse). Watch it once, but don't base your life around it.

(i hope this was okay to put in the review comm. i like poking fun at my beloved b-horror. I hope the pictures are okay, too)