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The Psycho Lover/Heat of Madness

2.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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The Psycho Lover (1970) - The only thing worse than being a homicidal maniac is being treated by a doctor who's just as crazy! Marco, a Psycho Lover who strangles women that "threaten his maleness," becomes a patient of lizard-like Dr. Kenneth Alden, who uses wacky nightmares to brainwash Marco into killing the doc's nasty wife who won't give him a divorce. A gaudy mix of sex, violence, pop-psych, and even some quick necrophilia, this drive-in shocker (a.k.a. "The Loving Touch") is a fun descent into B-movie psychosis. "Heat Of Madness" (1966) - Oddball photographer Johnny's dismissive attitude to sex radically changes when he's hired to illustrate a book called "Great Sex Murders" and soon has models staging mock whippings, robberies and assaults. Trouble is, all the fake violence fuels the poor guy with the Heat of Madness, and pretty soon he thinks one of his naughty models is actually his fiancee and promptly goes berserk... Two twisted sickies, proving once again that romance is always more exciting with a deranged lunatic.

Special Features

  • Sex-Psycho Trailers for "The Psycho Lover," "Aroused," "The Exquisite Cadaver," "The Flesh and Blood Show," "Poor Albert and Little Annie," "Scream Bloody Murder," "Twisted Nerve" and "The Woman Hunt"
  • Obsession leads to Murder in the Twisted Psycho-Sexual Short, "The Naked Flower"
  • Teens become Targets of Pervert Predators in the Sid Davis Classroom Scare Short, "Name Unknown"
  • Kink-O-Rama Short Subject, "Captain Bondage vs. Women's Lib"
  • Gallery of Underground Sexploitation Movie-Magazine Covers with Audio Oddities

Product Details

  • Actors: Lawrence Montaigne, Jo Anne Meredith, Elizabeth Plumb, Frank Cuva, John Vincent
  • Directors: Harry Wuest, Robert Vincent O'Neill, Sid Davis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008975K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Psycho Lover/Heat of Madness" on IMDb

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THE PSYCHO LOVER aka THE LOVING TOUCH concerns unhappily married psychiatrist Kenneth, whose aging, frigid wife loves the booze more than her husband. Small wonder he wants a divorce to live with his nice young mistress happily ever afterwards. Unfortunately for him his wife stubbornly refuses.
Kenneth also supports law enforcement with his expert advice. Police has caught a suspect in a series of horrible sex killings, but does not have physical evidence (they did not have DNA analysis in the early 70ies) and hence no case.[...]P>THE PSYCHO LOVER is a highly enjoyable early 70ies exploitation thriller. True, it is highly predictable, but that does not mar the fun too much. The rape/murder scenes are quite graphic, with even more nastiness implied (cue: ketchup bottle). However the sex maniac looks a bit ridiculous with his pantyhose masked grimaces.
There is enough sex and nudity as well as violence on display to keep you entertained. The film is accompanied by a nice easy listening soundtrack. And what's that for a cool car the headshrinker is driving? I did not see such a thing in my whole life!
IN THE HEAT OF MADNESS however is not so much fun. Not that it is a bad film, it is just drama rather than exploitation. The plot revolves around a photographer, who is assigned to shoot a photo series of staged sex murders for a pulp magazine. Much to the dismay of his fiance, the shooting sessions with their violent and sexual re-enactments of crimes seem to trigger some madness in the photographer, resulting in bloody murder...
This 1966 black and white movie has pretty good actors (especially Kevin SCOTT in the lead is very convincing) and a good story line, however is a bit l[weak] in the violence/sex department. Anyway, rewarding viewing at least once.
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I absolutely love the idea of a photographer becoming warped and twisted by the perversity he or she chooses to capture. Unfortunately, it seems that this idea is destined NOT to generate any good movies. Dario Argento's take on "The Black Cat" for the vignette film "Two Evil Eyes" is a case in point, but it has absolutely nothing on "The Heat of Madness" for sheer banality. It is very hard to imagine anyone genuinely liking this film. There is virtually no skin on display and the violence is strictly community-theater level retractable knife blades and blood packs. This would not be an issue (at least, not for me) if there was something else to focus on like, oh I don't know: ACTING SKILL? CINEMATOGRAPHY?! DECENT STORY?!! DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND???!!! Instead the viewer is treated to pedestrian-level shot compositions, bland character portrayal and, worst of all, a storyline that had loads of possibilities and squanders them all.
The same can just as easily be said of "The Psycho-Lover." Despite some pretty kooky photography, tons of swingin'-'70s kitsch and a hallucination sequence that looks like "Laugh-In Goes to Hell," there just ain't much there there, if you know what I mean. The movie ambles along at with a look and a pace more suited to an episode of "Columbo," but with precious little of that series suspense or wit. There is some genuinely decent dialogue, but anyone at all familiar with thrillers will see where this little beauty is headed long before the "shocking" twist ending and the roll of the closing credits.
About the only reason anyone should even consider owning this disk is because of the trailers. As per usual, the supplemental materials included here are worth their weight in gold.
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One must take into account that a lot of the "lost" films Something Weird releases to tape and DVD are "lost" for a good reason, i.e., they are not any good. PSYCHO LOVER is a good, sick piece of obscurity, about a psychiatrist scheming to get rid of his wife. It has a very Seventies look and feel, and THE MANCHURAIN CANDIDATE (yay!) is used as a major plot point. HEAT OF MADNESS is a black-and-white roughie about a rich girl who falls head over heels in love with a cheesecake photographer. The diretor is so unconcerned with art, he released this film without a musical score! If you've got time to waste -- alphabetize your CD collection instead!
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It is more of a skit than a movie. That isn't the way a psycho responds to seeing people naked in front of him.
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