|Jim Hutton, Julie Adams, Nehemiah Persoff and Paul Burke|
While the nude shower scene may be the first clue the viewer has that they are not watching a TV movie, the appearance of some bloody gore effects will definitely shake you out of such complacency. Bloody and gorey they may be but the effects are also intentionally hilarious as Jim Hutton, in a death-like trance back home in his easy chair, psychically stalks and kills his victims. And this is where the term "proto-slasher" comes in. In the history of films leading up to the creation of the slasher genre, everything from Hitchock's PSYCHO to the Italian giallo film pioneered by Mario Bava with THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH and his body count classic BLOOD AND BLACK LACE through to Bob Clark's seminal BLACK CHRISTMAS (released a year before PSYCHIC KILLER), this film right here is very much in the same line. After all, PSYCHIC KILLER features Jim Hutton as a wronged fella seeking revenge and picking off his victims one by one (body count style) in suitably bloody fashion. That sounds like a slasher to me. In actuality, there is more blood and gore in PSYCHIC KILLER than in John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN. Is PSYCHIC KILLER as good or better than HALLOWEEN??? Certainly not. Is it a fun and entertaining psychic proto-slasher well worth your time. That's a big 10-4, good buddy! And Vinegar Syndrome's superb edition is probably the best you'll ever see the film look! Oh, and did I mention the ending?!?!?!? I did NOT expect them to go THERE with the ending but it's superb!