Schizoid (1980)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by David Paulsen.

Plot Summary

Women who attend a therapy group run by psychoanalyst Pieter Fales are being murdered. One of the group, a newspaper agony aunt, tries to solve the case.


Directed by: David Paulsen
© Cannon Films, Inc. MCMLXXX [1980]
Cannon Films, Inc. presents. A Golan-Globus production
Produced by: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus
Associate Producer: Christopher Pearce
Written by: David Paulsen
Director of Photography: Norman Leigh
Editors: Robert Fitzgerald, Dick Brummer
Music Composed & Created by: Craig Hundley
Sound Mixer: Kenard King
Costumes: Christine Nicholson
Make-Up: Erica Ueland
Special Effects: Joe Quinlivan
Art Director/Props: Kathy Curtis Cahill
Casting: Anne Bell

Klaus Kinski (Pieter Fales)
Marianna Hill (Julie)
Craig Wasson (Doug)
Donna Wilkes (Alison Fales)
Joe Regalbuto (Jake)
Flo Gerrish (Pat)
Richard Herd (Donahue)
Kiva Lawrence (Rosemary)
Fredric Cook (Willy)
Christopher Lloyd (Gilbert)
Claude Duvernoy (Francoise)
Cindy Donlan (Sally)
Jon Greene (Archie)
David Assael (Barney)
Richard Balin (Freddy)
Kathy Garrick (Maxine)
Gracia Lee (Bruce)
Tobar Mayo (Fritz)
Jonathan Millner (Fritz's friend)
Frances Nealy (housekeeper)
Kimberly Jensen (girl on motorbike)
Jay May (boy on motorbike)

Alternative Titles

Det 4. offer – Norway
Esquizofrenia – Brazil
Esquizoide – Portugal
L'Homme aux ciseaux – France
De maniak met de schaar – Netherlands
Moulded to Murder – working title
Murder by Mail – working title
Psicópata – Spain
Saksemorderen – Denmark (video)
Saxmördaren – Sweden
Schizo! – Canada (French)
Schizoid: Asesinato por correo – Colombia
Ο σχιζοφρενής με το ψαλίδι – Greece
Σχιζοφρένεια – Greece
Шизоид – Soviet Union

Extracts included in
42nd Street Forever, Volume 4: Cooled by Refrigeration (2009)
Dear Allison… With Donna Wilkes (2013)
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)



  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.261 no.15 (11 April 1980) p.12 – credits
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.48 no.570 (July 1981) p.141
  • Screen International no.298 (27 June 1981) p.47
  • Variety 22 October 1980 p.25
  • Video Viewer vol.3 no.1 (July 1983) p.54