SCHIZOID (1980) Reviews and Vinegar Syndrome 4K + Blu-ray News

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Schizoid is published by Eddike Syndrom on a double bill with X-ray as a 4K + Blu-ray set on April 26, 2022. Special Features:

3-disc set: Two 4K Ultra HDs and 1 Region A Blu-ray
4K UHDs presented in High-Dynamic-Range
Newly scanned and restored in 4K from their 35mm original camera negatives
“Shooting by March” – a brand new interview with Schizoid author / director David Paulsen
“Hide the Scissors” – a brand new interview with Schizoid actress Donna Wilkes
“Blood in the Jacuzzi” – a brand new interview with schizoid makeup artist Erica Ueland
“A Wellesley Graduate” – a brand new interview with Schizoid actress Flo Lawrence
“Ultra Violet Vengeance: The Talent & Technicians of X-Ray” – a brand new production of documentary with interviews with the cast and crew on X-Ray
“Bad Medicine” – an archive interview with X-Ray director Boaz Davidson
Original cinema trailer for Schizoid
Interior cover artwork
English SDH subtitles

Here is our previous coverage of this sleazy-Giallo-style slasher:

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MURDERSchizoid is a 1980s American horror thriller film produced by Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan for their Cannon Group. It is written and directed by David Paulsen (Savage Weekend).

In the film, Klaus Kinski, Marianna Hill (The Messiah of Evil), Craig Wasson (Ghost story, A nightmare on Elm Street 3), Donna Wilkes (Jaws 2, Grotesque), Joe Regalbuto (Invitation to hell), Flo Gerrish (Do not pick up the phone!), Richard Herd and Christopher Lloyd (The Addams family).

UK Blu-ray Release:
On August 24, 2020, 88 films were released Schizoid as a limited edition of Blu-ray. Order through Amazon.co.uk

Interview with author / director David Paulsen
Original trailer
Audio commentary with Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
English subtitles

Reason:
Julie (Marianna Hill) is a council columnist for the city’s newspaper, who begins receiving anonymous notes threatening murder and even worse. Around the same time, female members of the group therapy session she is attending are stabbed one by one by an unknown assailant. Is there a connection? If so, why are the banknotes talking about murder with a gun while the murder victims are being stabbed?

At first, the police, her ex-husband, her therapist, and her friends all assure her that the banknotes are probably unrelated, and a hoax; but over time, it becomes clear that someone close to her is responsible.

Is it her therapist, Pieter (Klaus Kinski), who exploits her patients just before they are murdered? Or Peter’s daughter (Donna Wilkes), who resents Julie for Julie’s romantic engagement to Pieter? Is it Julie’s ex-husband (Craig Wasson) who would never really divorce? Or maybe Gilbert (Christopher Lloyd), the eccentric building maintenance man?

Reviews:
”… You guess the killer if you follow this simple, time-worn formula: (famous actor) + (limited screen time) = killer. Hell, you’ll probably get there without it, but it’s never stopped anyone from enjoying some murderous chaos. The cast is all on board; Hill is a resilient heroine, Wasson is solid, Lloyd is amazing, and surprise, surprise, Kinski is significantly subdued to fit in with the other actors’ wavelength. ” Died daily

Schizoid make a good faith effort to act as a murder mystery; it focuses primarily on the story of adult characters; it bends at least ritually in the direction of having some form of official interest in solving the crimes. It also takes most of its stylistic points from earlier Italian thrillers, all the way down to the fetishization of the killer’s black leather gloves. And like many gialli, it’s both effective and sometimes funny. “1000 misused hours … and counting

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“The film has a few decent scares, though it’s a pretty tingly-inducing outing most of the time. There’s a patent rip off of the infamous Psycho shower scene, this time transported to a cabin tub, filled with Bernard Herrmann-like on the bridge strings (lovingly the monkey of a synthesizer from the eighties). And while Schizoid tipping his hand only one little too early for its own good (at least in terms of some of what’s going on), the film does at least something a little creative with its end … “Blu-ray.com

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Schizoid has quite a few things in mind: a twisted, turny plot, some nice American Giallo-like stylings, some Craig Wasson kindness, and of course the incomparable Klaus Kinski. “Isn’t that cool news

“Unfortunately, the affair is handled so clumsily that the various characters may as well have ‘suspects’ or ‘victims’ over their heads along with a percentage value of the odds.” Horror 101

“Despite something less than fantastic acting, the film is a wonderful reminder of why the 80s were the best decade for horror films. It’s equal parts gore, mystery and melodrama. Not only that, but it manages to create an exciting mystery that will keep you guessing until the killer is revealed. ” Retro Slashers

”… There is little doubt that Paulsen was well versed in gialli – it just so happens that his intimacy did not quite help him make a particularly big one. Schizoid is quite functional and continues along with just enough intrigue to remain interesting, though I do not exaggerate so violently when I say that it is mainly driven by Kinski’s eerie relationship on screen with his daughter… “Oh, the horror!

“Paulsen proves to be an equal pedestrian both as a writer and a director. The plot of the film is predictable and directly obvious, as does the identity of the killer […] transparent […] It’s so obvious who the killer is that it’s almost not worth trying to be shy about it … “Troy Howarth, So deadly, so perverse Volume 3: Giallo-style movies from around the world

“Kinski’s scenes with his disturbed teenage daughter or the ones where he lurks relentlessly through the house have a visual and dramatic resonance that is completely absent for the rest of the film …” The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror

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Cast and characters:

Klaus Kinski … Pieter Fales
Donna Wilkes… Alison Fales
Marianna Hill… Julie
Craig Wasson… Doug
Richard Herd… Donahue
Joe Regalbuto… Jake
Christopher Lloyd… Gilbert
Flo Lawrence… Pat (as Flo Gerrish)
Kiva Lawrence… Rosemary
Claude Duvernoy… Françoise
Cindy Donlan… Sally
Jon Greene… Archie
David Assael… Barney
Richard Balin… Freddy
Fredric Cook… Willy

Recording locations:
Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California

Technical details:
1 hour 29 minutes
Picture format: 1.78: 1
Sound: Mono

Comments:
This film should not be confused with Lucio Fulcis A lizard in a woman’s skin (1971), which was published in the United States as Schizoid.

The working title of the film was Murder by mail

Trailer:

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