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Directed by Boris Petroff (as Brooke L. Peters)
Written by Don Devlin, Jane Mann, & Larry Lee (allegedy Edward D. Wood, Jr.)Wood regulars
Russ Bender Ronnie Burns Don Devlin Darrell Howe Pamela Lincoln Plot
Troubled youth Mickey (Burns) has a hard time coming to grips with his brother's life of crime. Following his brother's conviction for murder and subesquent execution, Mickey goes on a murderous path of vengeance against those he holds responsible. When he learns that his sister Pat (Lincoln) has become engaged to the son of the man who fingered his brother, his mission heads towards its deadly conclusion...'Wood'-ness
David C. Hayes proposes this film as Ed's in his book Muddled Mind: The Complete Works of Edward D. Wood, Jr. There is no corroborating evidence of this, however.
The film itself is typical JV fare, with a few of the plot twists that Ed was so fond of. The dialogue is not particularly Woodian, but this could potentially be explained by the fact that at best it is a collaboration.
The characters are typical of Ed, though the lack of any Angora is a definite negative.
The single best textual piece if evidence for Ed's authorship is the use of the phrase "got me sore" as in "Aww, he got me sore." This same phrase is used in Jail Bait and has a particularly Woodian ring to it.
Another Ed connection is the fact that some of the music used in Anatomy of a Psycho is the same as music used in Ed's seminal film, Plan 9 From Outer Space. This is not as significant as it first may seem, as all music in Plan 9 and Anatomy was publicly available for anyone to use.
As it is, Anatomy of a Psycho is a solid JV title in and of itself, but for Ed fans has little in the way of appeal.Best Line
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