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      Schizoid

      R Released Sep 5, 1980 1h 31m Horror Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 19% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Someone's scissoring a group therapist's (Klaus Kinski) patients, who include an advice columnist (Mariana Hill). Read More Read Less

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      David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a sluggish slasher... Rated: 1.5/4 May 18, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D D level slasher with little to it. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 08/17/23 Full Review Lucas S I would give it half a four star it's okay but still recommend it Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Charles T Who is killing the women in Julie's (Marianna Hill) therapy group? Is it the creepy psychiatrist Pieter (Klaus Kinski)? His troubled daughter Alison (Donna Wilkes)? Julie's grinning ex-husband Doug (Craig Wasson)? What about Gilbert (a young Christopher Lloyd), the bitter handyman? Or even the even younger-looking detective Jake (Joe Regalbuto)? Hill plays an advice columnist who is having more problems than a week's worth of Ann Landers letters. She is receiving death threats, and someone is killing the women in her group with a large pair of scissors. The killer, whom I figured out right away, wears a fedora and coat, a striking silhouette in the un-scary killing scenes. Julie is also messing around with the chain-smoking Pieter, resulting in a sex scene I could have gone all my life without seeing. Pieter is sleeping with a stripper/patient, and he, uh, "analyzes her feelings" against a hot water heater, resulting in another sex scene I could have gone my whole life without seeing. The finale takes place in Julie's newspaper office, as the film makers drag the proceedings out by assembling all of the suspects together, like an Agatha Christie novel, except with shootings and stabbings instead of a parlor full of upper class Brits and a brilliant detective. Filmed and released in 1980, this has all the makings of a slasher film. The few killings here are not all that gory, but violent. The name cast try their best. Paulsen's direction is void of suspense as he hopes his mediocre script will carry the film. Instead, it becomes gimmicky and silly, but trudges along like this is Shakespeare. Between the awful synth score, the scissors have their own theme when they appear, and Kinski's overbaked performance, a viewer must take this with a grain of salt. I cannot recommend this. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 10/09/23 Full Review dave s Schizoid should take pride in the fact that it takes all of the components required for a really bad horror film and includes them all under one title. The cinematography is horrid and periodically out of focus, the music score sounds like it comes from a 70s porn film, the dialogue is stilted and laughable, the performances are wooden, the constant POV shots are seizure-inducing, the plot is ridiculous, and the outcome, where all of the suspects manage to show up at the same place at the same time, is absurd. Other than a handful of unintentional laughs, there's clearly not much reason to waste time on this mess. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Weird, disjointed, and enthusiastically inappropriate slasher/thriller from the Cannon Group, Schizoid features a relatively restrained performance by Klaus Kinski, and just enough nudity and violence to satisfy most genre fans. Cult film queen Marianna Hill's oddly compelling presence and fairly juicy supporting roles for audience favorites Donna Wilkes, Christopher Lloyd, and Craig Wasson help jumpstart the picture's overall plodding tone. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member A sloppy murder mystery slasher film, but there are still fun moments but a overall lack of kills. The actors are decent, but some of the characters just come off pointless. The plot tries to build something up, yet it doesn't work out too well. If the pacing was a little better, it would hold better entertainment value. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Someone's scissoring a group therapist's (Klaus Kinski) patients, who include an advice columnist (Mariana Hill).
      Director
      David Paulsen
      Producer
      Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan
      Screenwriter
      David Paulsen
      Distributor
      Cannon Film Distributors
      Production Co
      The Cannon Group, Golan-Globus Productions
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Horror, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 5, 1980, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 11, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 31m