Obviously an attempt to cash in on the success of 'Psycho' - it even borrows some of the plot elements - this film goes for lurid shock more than Hitchcock's masterful suspense. It's a bit too long, and the twist ending is pretty predictable, but this is still a fun pulp horror film - thanks in a big part to the over-the-top atmosphere and Joan Crawford's hysterical performance.
Fantastic performance by Joan Crawford who veers from bat-shit crazy to a meek little mouse, sometimes it seems like in the same scene. The mystery isn't hard to solve, especially considering the screenwriter, but is fun enough to go along with the ride. And absolutely love George Kennedy's Boo Radley-like performance.
If someone knows where to buy the mask of Joan Crawford from this film! I would love to have it.
Check this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIKAibJhh10
and this too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EMbnZUgLSk
I appreciate any positive representation of mental illness rehabilitation—even if for axe murderers with crazy bangles and especially if it involves Crawford—but yawn. Hello George Kennedy as a creepy ranch hand. HAHA.