SLASHER MONTH: The Psychopath (1973)

Alternatively titled An Eye for an Eye, this 1973 freakout is all about Mr. Rabbey, the host of a children’s television show. He’s so beloved by the children that they tell him all of their secrets, like when their parents don’t treat them well. To get back at them, well, he shows up and kills them. Strangely enough, one of the weapons that he uses is a blanket. Yes, a deadly blanket.

Mr. Rabbey is played by Tom Basham, who was in The Pink Angels, and I have to say that this movie is a much better use of his abilities. That said, that may be the lowest of low bars to ever be tripped over. More to the point, director Larry G. Brown made that movie, too. He also made Silent but Deadly, in which “America’s first black, Jewish and female president must save the nation from a smelly and lethal threat,” so I think we call all just say that The Psychopath is an aberration of gold from guano.

No movie today would dare have so many children be throttled and beaten about, much less have one of their mothers get their head run over by a running lawnmower.

Speaking of kid shows, two of the cops in this movie all had something to do with programming for youngsters. Lt. Hayes is played by Peter Renaday, who in addition to being several voices in Disney parks like Abaham Lincoln and Captain Nemo, was also Mickey Mouse’s voice for the cash-in album Mickey Mouse’s Splashdance and Master Splinter in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. And Jackson Bostwick was Captain Marvel in the live action Shazam! series.


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