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The Couch (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Horror | 7 June 1962 (Mexico)
While undergoing therapy for his problem, a serial killer continues his murderous sprees.

Director:

Owen Crump

Writers:

Robert Bloch (screenplay), Blake Edwards (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Grant Williams ... Charles Campbell
Shirley Knight ... Terry Ames
Onslow Stevens ... Dr. William L. Janz
William Leslie ... Dr. David Lindsay
Anne Helm ... Jean Quimby
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Police Lt. Kritzman
Michael Bachus Michael Bachus ... Police Sgt. Bonner
John Alvin ... Sloan
Harry Holcombe ... District Attorney
Hope Summers ... Mrs. Quimby
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While undergoing therapy for his problem, a serial killer continues his murderous sprees.

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The most astonishing venture into the mind of murder any motion picture has ever dared! See more »

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1962 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimen a las 7 See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Opened in New York and Los Angeles as part of a double feature with Malaga (1960). See more »

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References The Hunters (1958) See more »

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Petit Guignol
18 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The most interesting thing about this movie to me is the carefully orchestrated camerawork by Harold E. Stine, the way scenes are blocked and lit to produce a sense of restriction in this story of a serial killer played by Grant Williams. William is under court-ordered psychotherapy by William Leslie, who can't figure out what to make of him. Williams is also carrying on a Production-Code-compliant affair with Shirley Knight, Leslie's niece, when he's not going out to shove an ice pick through the back of a random stranger on a crowded Los Angeles street at precisely 7PM.

Given that the script is by Robert Bloch, there's little doubt that the research was good. Times have changed, however, and we now unhappily know a lot more about the psychology of serial killers than the simplistic motive ascribed here. Within that context, the performances are good, and the can-they-catch-him story is good, but it's more a subdued example of Grand Guignol -- only without the blood, because of the Code.


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