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A little girl watches helplessly as she is the sole witness to her mother's murder. Years later, that little girl has grown into the beautiful skating star Samantha Gray (Lynne Frederick). But after her wedding announcement is published in the local newspaper, a man who becomes more and more obsessed with her begins turning up everywhere she goes. Samantha's fear mounts as one by one her friends are murdered, and she becomes convinced that the stalker is no stranger! This suspenseful horror thriller was one of the early slasher films, rich with gore, an intriguing story, scenes reminiscent of ''Psycho'' and a twist ending considered so frightening that squeamish theater patrons were promised free smelling salts if they fainted!
SPECIAL FEATURES: ''My Sweet Schizo'' An Interview with Pete Walker and Elijah Drenner.
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We open with some very plain footage of an industrial site in northern England, as the movie establishes the character of the "stalker" with shots of him packing a bag and departing for London. It's not a great start but it gives you an idea of what to expect, because there isn't really anything attractive to took at in the entire film. Most of what is filmed is on location and it's either harshly lit or barely lit at all. Especially disappointing is the fact that many shots are actually out of focus. The script is fairly well written, with people speaking quite naturally, and most of the acting is good, but Lynne Frederick is a bit weak in the title role.
There are some gory moments and a surprise ending that Pete Walker presumably thought would please the punters (even though it's ridiculous), but when looked at as a whole, the film fails to deliver solid entertainment. I much more distracted by the very dated look of the proceedings than the actual events unfolding, with lots of bad 1970s fashions, and some truly awful home wallpaper on display. One supposed highlight shows Samantha being terrorised in a supermarket, but hearing a tannoy announcing special deals on "Baked Beans at 13p and Instant Coffee at 47p" just made me chuckle!
I own the R1 Redemption DVD of the film which is very dark and it's hard to see what's happening in some shots, plus is has yet another one of their silly "home staged" photo covers that is not an image from the actual movie, so that adds further disappointment. If you are looking to purchase I would recommend the BluRay so that you can at least see what's going on, but there are far better Pete Walker films than this to choose from.
The middle aged schizophrenic man arrives at his apartment, looks at the newspaper article that obviously has pushed his buttons: about a comely young figure skater—the "Ice Princess"—who is about to wed. The mam picks up a ballpoint pen and begins to draw first a circle around the beautiful girl's face, then a spiral moving ever inward, obscuring the face, defacing the face—and suddenly cross fade to live shot of the very girl's skates as they etch an inward tending spiral on the surface of the ice—and I thought: something true and important about schizophrenia, about imagination itself, has just been expressed here with a grace words alone are incapable of.
Released in 1976...sandwiched between "Black Christmas" & Halloween Regrettably, this film is constantly overlooked as a forerunner to the American Slasher. Not to mention, having Italian Giallo trademarks
Regarding it's slasher/gialli pedigree,it's all here. Red herrings, childhood trauma, sexual transgressions and of course the violent death scenes! The killings are all pretty brutal..one scene in particular is an inspired "Jason/Friday the 13th" piece of work...5 years ahead of the game, mind you.
Performances from all the leads whilst not outstanding are competent.
On the downside,"Schizo", has some moments where the pace could pick a bit but not to the point of total boredom.
"Schizo", is more than a "body count" film with senseless and endless annoying teenagers waiting to get offed. Hopefully, this film will one day receive the reappraisal it yearns for and deserves.
Running Time: 109 Minutes
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