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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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So startling it had to be made in secret with the doors bolted -- with the public kept out! 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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The newspaper on the chair in Charles' room, seen before he is shown brushing his teeth, is the Wall Street Journal - foreshadowing his family's history. See more »

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References The Hunters (1958) See more »

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one of the most powerful killers ever seen
6 January 2014 | by eric-barilSee all my reviews

In 1962, Blake Edwards directed the amazing Experiment In Terror, one of his rare violent thrillers. That same year, he also wrote with his uncle Owen Crump the subject of The Couch. And the script was written by Robert Bloch between Psycho and Strait-Jacket. Owen Crump was formerly a documentary director in the army, The Couch is his first movie for cinema.

The script is really exciting, having Grant Williams killing in crowds and being more and more risky. And Grant Williams is nastily convincing.

I do agree with another reviewer, The Couch deserves better cinematography, like Jo Biroc, and maybe The Couch would have been more nervous. But we have a scary story of a powerful killer with a very strong Grant Williams. The ending is frighteningly apocalyptic.

And it is now available on DVD, so jump and catch.

But I sadly think it will remain unknown.


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