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It’s back to the 60s as we explore the road less traveled with a strange double feature: “The Psychopath” and “Angel, Angel, Down We Go”.

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On this episode of “What’s Your Favorite Double Feature?”, special guest Preston Fassel makes a long-awaited return to bring us another bizarre and lesser-known double feature of movies, The Psychopath and Angel, Angel, Down We Go.

The Psychopath

The Psychopath is a 1966 British horror film directed by Freddie Francis — the third of seven films he directed for the Amicus production house — and written by Robert Bloch (the writer of the book adapted for Hitchcock’s Psycho) in Techniscope. It stars Patrick Wymark (who played Catherine Deneuve’s landlord in Polanski’s Repulsion) and Margaret Johnston.

Police inspector Holloway (Wymark) investigates a string of grisly murders where the victims have dolls attached to their bodies.

The trail soon leads to a disabled German immigrant doll maker named Mrs. Von Sturm (Johnston), who knows a set of dark secrets that may hold the key to the murders, and her peculiar son, Mark (John Standing). There’s also some mystery around Von Sturm’s late husband and what kind of nasty business he may have been up to in Germany in the 30s and 40s, during an exceedingly dark time in history.

A taut thriller and whodunnit, the performances are solid, and the dolls used to scare the audience are quite effective, as is the now-clichéd soundtrack utilizing the sound of a distorted musical box. It also has a stylish look reminiscent of Italian giallos. 

Ever heard Morrissey’s hit Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together? It was likely inspired by our second film.

Angel, Angel, Down We Go, also known as Cult of the Damned, is a 1969 psychedelic American acid film directed by playwright and screenwriter Robert Thom, his sole directorial credit. Thom based his screenplay on an unproduced stage play of the same title that he had written several years earlier as a vehicle for his wife, actress Janice Rule.

It follows an overweight, emotionally troubled daughter ((Holly Near) of an affluent but brittle Hollywood couple who becomes involved with a charismatic rock singer and his friends. The singer proceeds to seduce and manipulate her entire family.

First held back from release due to the blowback from the Manson murders in 1969, this hippie musical was eventually released under the alternate title of Cult of the Damned to capitalize on the real-life tragedy.

The original title refers to one of the psychedelic rock songs performed by Jordan Christopher (playing rock singer Bogart Peter Stuyvesant). Bogart’s band consists of Lou Rawls, Davey Davison, and none other than the legendary Roddy McDowell (Fright Night). Get a taste of the song and the weird wildness of the film by checking out the trailer here.

It languished in obscurity for a while, but you can find it now on Vudu for a small rental fee or seek it out on the Internet Archive.

Follow Preston on Twitter @PrestonFassel

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Creepy and Geeky is a podcast about horror/comic book movies and so much more. Creepy double-feature episodes come out every Monday, and Geeky comic book episodes are released every Friday. Your host, Robert, is a geek through and through, absorbing all manner of pop culture, but specifically addicted to comic books, movies, and horror.

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