Blood Link (1982)

Article 4517 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-27-2014
Directed by Alberto De Martino
Featuring Michael Moriarty, Penelope Milford, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Country: Italy / USA / West Germany
What it is: Psychokiller movie

A doctor who engages in mental therapy comes to realize that he has a psychic link with his separated Siamese twin brother, who supposedly died at the age of seventeen, but is still alive and is responsible for a string of serial killings. His brother has the psychic link as well, and is planning on impersonating the doctor when he commits his murders.

This movie has a rating of 5.6 on IMDB, but I ended up quite liking it; it’s probably the best movie I’ve seen from Alberto De Martino. I think it’s the premise itself that I like best; the idea of hunter and hunted both having psychic links so that they can know each other’s actions and locations does make for an interesting way to build suspense. I also like Michael Moriarty in a dual performance as the two brothers, though I do think it his performances are just a shade too mannered to be fully effective. Cameron Mitchell also is memorable in a cameo role as an out-of-work boxer-turned-wrestler, and I think this is a good role to show his range as an actor, as it’s quite different from many of his other roles. The movie is a bit on the sleazy side, and some of the developments in the latter part of the movie seem rather far-fetched, but I really like this one overall.

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