THE KILLING HOUR (1982)
aka The Clairvoyant
Article 4958 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Armand Mastroianni
Featuring Perry King, Norman Parker, Elizabeth Kemp
What it is: Mystery thriller
A cop who moonlights as a stand-up comic gets involved in a case of a serial killer who uses handcuffs on his victims. A woman artist with psychic powers begins drawing pictures involved with the murders. Will she be a target of the killer?
Personally, I’m a little tired of the psychic/serial killer combination; it’s popped up a few times in this series, and it’s to the point now where I’m beginning to find the idea a little hackneyed. That being said, I rather enjoyed this take on the subject, largely due to the fact that the characters and their relationships to each other are rather interesting. As a horror movie, it’s perhaps too restrained; in fact, it’s almost bloodless. As a mystery, it’s too easy; I zeroed in on the killer before it was even half over. Also, I have to admit that if I enjoyed watching the movie, it starts to fall apart when I start sorting through the plot points and asking questions. So, I’d have to say that overall, the movie isn’t really very good, but it does have a few good points.