Killer With Two Faces (1975)

KILLER WITH TWO FACES (1975)
Article 2000 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-5-2006
Posting Date: 2-2-2007
Directed by John Scholz-Conway
Featuring Donna Mills, Ian Hendry, David Lodge

A homicidal maniac with a fetish about physical perfection breaks free from an asylum and starts a killing spree. He takes on the identity of his twin brother, who is a noted architect, and hooks up with a woman who wants some changes made to her house. The brother tries to help the police catch the maniac.

As far as I can tell, there was either a British TV series or series of movies called “Thriller” in the mid-seventies that produced a series of 75-minute movies for broadcast. Both this and KISS ME AND DIE appear to have been from this series, and based on these two example, I’m afraid I can only conclude that the thrills were pretty tepid. The acting was all right, and the scripts weren’t too bad, but the turgid pace and the lifeless direction really dragged this one down. Quite frankly, this would have made a nice thirty minute episode from something like “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, but at its present length, it just takes the movie forever to get to its fairly obvious plot twists. Writer Brian Clemens was responsible for most of the scripts in this series, and he was one of the writers and producers of “The Avengers”, episodes of which I would find much more enjoyable than this one was.

 

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