Anatomy of a Psycho

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Anatomy of a Psycho (1961, USA) is a Horror film directed by Boris Petroff.


Main Details

  • Released in 1961
  • B/W
  • Runtime: 75 min
  • Production Co.: UNITEL
  • Distribution Co.: Unitel (1961) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Boris Petroff (as Brooke L. Peters)
  • Written by Jane Mann and Don Devlin
  • Starring: Ronnie Burns, Pamela Lincoln, Darrell Howe, Judy Howard, Michael Granger, Frank Killmond, Russ Bender, Don Devlin, William Salzwedel, Robert Stabler, John B. Lee, and Pat McMahon
  • Produced by Boris Petroff (as Brooke L. Peters)
  • Original Music by Michael Terr (as Manuel Francisco)
  • Cinematography by Joel Colman
  • Film Editing by Ed Spiegel


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Wood reportedly contributed to Jane Mann's screenplay as Larry Lee. The film uses music originally used for Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). Ronnie Burns, adopted son of George Burns and Gracie Allen, plays the lead. After his brother is sentenced to death at a trial, teenager Chet increasingly experiences paranoia and psychosis, which not even his sister, best friend or girlfriend can relieve. Ultimately losing touch with surrounding reality, he assaults the son of the prosecuting attorney. However, Lieutenant Mac, a local police officer, discovers Chet's involvement and hunts him down, leading to a tragic denouemen

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