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Psychic Killer (1975)
The Kirlian Effect
The Kirlian Force

Nomination Year: 1993
SYNOPSIS:  A man wrongfully jailed gets back at the system by learning astral projection. He sends his spirit out to wantonly murder anyone who's ever pissed him off. When a savvy cop and his psychiatrist ladyfriend figure out his secret, they have to find a way to stop him before he psychically kills again.

Most Ludicrous Premise

A Case of Asshole Projection
A wrongly-accused jerk learns from his mystical cellmate the art of leaving his body so he can kill any who vex him. If he can muster the force to manipulate objects, why doesn't he escape?

Smithee Award Winner! "Alas, Poor Yorick"

The Butcher Meats His Doom
Evidently the Psychic Killer is really ticked off over the high cost of meat, so he takes it out on the local butcher. The poor guy is in the back of his shop, closing up, when he thinks he sees one of the sides of beef move by itself. Ridiculous! But when he gets closer, the hanging beef rolls along its track and slams into him like a linebacker! Plorp! His arm goes right into the nearby industrial meat grinder. A couple of "handburgers" later, the rest of him follows. Yum!

Best One-Liner

What School Did You Say You Went To?
The psychologist happened to spy the astral form of the killer in her living room. When her cop boyfriend is (understandably) incredulous and suggests it may have been a hallucination, she is adamant that she saw the Psychic Killer where he couldn't have been. She goes through a list of her psychological credentials, ending with, "... and I know an hallucination when I see one...!"

Inane Dialogue

You know these guys are destined for greatness. Here's the conversation they have when the Psychic Killer first meets his soon-to-be mystical mentor. They're staring aimlessly through a chain-link fence at a railroad track down below the prison. A train goes by.
Mentor: "I like trains."
PK: "Yep. That's the thing about trains. They're always going somewhere."

Worst Special Effect

Dummy Drop
One of the Psychic Killer's victims falls from a great height. And his powers must be able to transform matter as well, since the victim clearly turns into a dummy during the fall.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Jim Hutton  
Paul Burke  
Julie Adams  
Nehemiah Persoff  
Neville Brand  
Harry Holcombe  
Greydon Clark writer and director of such Smithee classics as Psychic Killer and Angels Revenge 
Director Claim to Fame
Ray Danton  

Bryan Cassidy

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