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Rating: 7 stars

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TCM California slasher hotel murder mystery

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Seen on: 10/17/2011, 06/26/2010

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Wicked, Wicked (1973)

Directed by Richard L. Bare

Thriller | Mystery | Horror

Most recently watched by archstanton43, sleestakk, scottfinn, sleestakk

Overview

A tongue-in-cheek psycho movie in “Duo-vision.” The entire feature employs the split-screen technique used in parts of Brian De Palma’s “Sisters” that same year. As a handyman at a seacoast hotel, Randolph Roberts wears a monster mask while he kills and dismembers women with blond hair. Tiffany Bolling is a singer, Scott Brady is a detective and Edd “Kookie” Burns is a lifeguard. The music is the original organ score for the silent film “Phantom of the Opera.”

Length 95 minutes

Actors

Arthur O'Connell | Madeleine Sherwood | Edd Byrnes | Roger Bowen | Ian Abercrombie | Scott Brady | Jack Knight | Patrick Wright | Diane McBain | Tiffany Bolling | David Bailey | Randolph Roberts

Viewing Notes

Wow, oh man, wow. Wicked, Wicked (1973) is a little gem I DVR’d from TCM that despite being a “gimmick” film doesn’t get enough credit (or a proper DVD release!). I just love this film and its “gimmick” which really isn’t a gimmick when you consider all the movies have used this particular technique of split-screen in a major motion picture. But at least this film sticks with its “Duo-Vision” for the duration making for a very entertaining watch for a murder mystery at Hotel del Coronado on the coast of San Diego.

If this film didn’t employ the split-screen it probably wouldn’t be half as good since the actual thriller killer aspect isn’t developed that well. I will say that having been to the Hotel del Coronado, walking the property and beach, made the film all that more interesting to me. But would still recommend to anyone as a curiosity piece.

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