Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 22nd, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2015
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Writer: Bert I. Gordon
Cast: Kari Wuhrer, Mark Famiglietti, Mia Serafino, Ty Fanning, Hilary Anderson, Mary Anthony
DVD Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Approximate Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: Psychopath siblings use online dating websites to find their soulmates.
Secrets of a Psychopath was written and directed by Bert I. Gordon whose other notable films include, The Cyclops, The Amazing Colossal Man and The Food of the Gods. Also before directing Secrets of a Psychopath, it had been twenty five years since he directed his last film Satan’s Princess.
The plot revolves around the lives of two siblings Catherine and her younger brother Henry. And when these two characters are together they are mirror images of each other. At least outwardly this is how they present themselves. Inwardly Henry wants more than this little world that they have created with each other. So he uses online dating websites to meet women who he invites to the home which he shares with his sister. From there things start off smoothly as he gets to know these girls. Unfortunately overtime there is always something wrong with them that forces him to dispose of them.
The narrative is well constructed and the main characters lack of sanity is never in doubt. And when it comes to the death scene they are sufficiently gory. With the most surprising aspect of this film being its tongue and cheek approach when it comes to is more violent moments. Another area where this film holds up well are its visuals which do a great job setting and maintaining the mood of the film.
So much of this film relies on the performances of its two leads Mark Famiglietti in the role of Henry and Kari Wuhrer (‘Sliders’) in the role of Catherine, the dominating older sister. Needless to say she effortlessly plays to a tee the role of the seductress. Fortunately they have a tremendous amount of chemistry and the moments where their characters interact are by far and away this film’s most potent moments.
Cinema Epoch presents Secrets of a Psychopath in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear and balanced. Also when it comes to the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack they are well represented.
Extras for this release include, an image gallery with music from the film playing in the background, a trailer for the film (1 minute 27 seconds) and an interview with screenwriter / director Bert I. Gordon (53 minutes 49 seconds).
Topics discussed in the interview include, how he was approached by a producer named Rudolf Frenner who asked him if he wanted to make another film, how Secrets of a Psychopath was written in only six months before he started filming, how he work eight screenplays and two books in the twenty-five years since he directed his last film, the filmmaking process, shooting on film verse digital formats, how he got his big break as a director, How The Cyclops was his first success as a director, working with American International Pictures, Secrets of a Psychopath was shot in Texas and how it was a very enjoyable shooting there.
Overall Secrets of a Psychopath gets a first rate release from Cinema Epoch.