Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Eric's Trip to the 70s:Schizo(1976)
My trip back to the decade of pet rocks, bell bottoms, and false Beatle reunions continues with a pre-Halloween slasher from across the pond.
Samantha and Alan are getting married, but William Haskins (her dead mother's lover)isn't pleased. He grabs a train south to London and begins shadowing Samantha as she tries to get on with married life. Haskins' attempts to frighten her drive Samantha to desperation, but she's having trouble convincing anyone that she's being stalked. Even her psychiatrist dismisses her concerns as part of her neurosis. As bodies begin turning up, Samantha's story becomes more believable, and her dark secret from the past begins to reveal itself.
And quite the dark secret we find. If it weren't for that, I'd have said this movie is an average 70s British horror film with it's too slow of a build-up, talking, talking, and more talking, etc. When it gets to the suspense and killings, it's pretty good. You feel a sense of dread as Samantha is being haunted by the demon of her reality, and the demon inside her head. But when it goes into bland territory, it's very bland.
Schizo is worth a view if you want to see one of the last of the prototype slashers and, of course, the climax.
Posted by Rhonny Reaper