‘A new dimension of terror’
Secrets of a Psychopath is a 2014 American horror feature film written and directed by veteran Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Earth vs. the Spider, Empire of the Ants, The Food of the Gods) who was 92 years-old when production began.
Two siblings lure unsuspecting victims to their house through a dating site for games and slaughter. It’s Psycho meets the Craigslist Killer…
Content and performance-wise this is about on par with any of the Lifetime Channel movies […] which is to say a little on the dull side, there are very few surprises and the acting is varied to be kind. While Wuhrer is always pleasing on the eyes, she and Famiglietti are a bit inconsistent in their roles in my opinion…” Ken Kastenhuber, McBastard’s Mausoleum
“What grates about the film is the shabbiness of Gordon’s writing – the dialogue often feels like lead bricks in the actors’ mouths. The characters act in ways that frequently do no resemble human psychology. In the opening scenes, a woman (Mary Anthony) turns up on Mark Famiglietti’s doorstep to marry him without even having met him before.” Richard Scheib, Moria
“Secrets of a Psychopath is predictable to be sure, but it’s quite accomplished and polished looking. Yes, with a few edits, this could’ve easily been a Lifetime movie. However, the first 20 minutes are effective enough to have been a sturdy short film. At feature length though, the pacing runs into a few hiccups.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum
The film was released on DVD in the US on September 22, 2015, by Cinema Epoch. The special features include:
- Exclusive New Interview with Director Bert I. Gordon (54 mins)
- Still Gallery
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