1980's Schizoid is a forgettable film. It has a premise that hovers ever so slightly above average, but it never delves deep enough into the ideas behind the story which would make the movie stand out from the sea of similar films that defined the 70s and 80s. The movie is about a newspaper advice columnist who receives threatening letters from an unknown assailant, who is also responsible for murderering multiple women from her therapy group.
The real problem with Schizoid is that it starts off rather intriguing, but spirals really quickly after the first on screen murder. Instead of making the movie a slasher film, the writer and director chose, instead, to make it more of a whodunit mystery. As a result, there is a tremendous amount of time spent following the suspects around, in an attempt to have the viewer try and determine which one of them is the killer.
Unfortunately, nobody really cares who it is because the film never captures our interest in the first place. The actors all do a great job with the material they were given but the characters aren't interesting or developed enough to have the viewer relate to anything that is going on with them. We really need to be able to connect with Julie, since everything that happens in the film is connected with her, but she's too bland and underdeveloped, and so we find ourselves dispassionate to her plight.
Had the film offered us more layered characters, or had the script focused more on the murders and less on trying to set up multiple suspects for the viewer to try and determine which one is the killer, Schizoid could have been a cool flick. But its disinterest in trying to hook the viewer's attention makes it feel slow, methodical, and boring.
Did anyone else pick up the Double Feature Scream Factory Blu Ray edition? What did you think of this film? Is it one you revisit often?
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