|THE PSYCHIC (COPENHAGEN'S PSYCHIC LOVES) (director/writer: James F. Hurley; screenwriter: Herschell Gordon Lewis; cinematographer: Herschell Gordon Lewis; editor: Richard Brinkman; music: Vincent Oddo; cast: Dick Genola (Dan Thomas), Robyn Guest (Ellen Thomas), Arlene Banas (Alice Morgan), Rhonda Reed (Lisa Thomas), Jack Homer (Henry Kalder), Darrold Busse (Artie Wilson), Carol Saenz (Valerie Parker), Bobbi Spencer (Bobbi); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producer: James F. Hurley; Camp Video VHS; 1968)|
|"A crappy but entertaining movie."
by Dennis Schwartz
James F. Hurley directs for the
first and only time. He tries to make a serious drama
but with only exploitation material. The result is a
crappy but entertaining movie. It's filled with bad
dialogue, poor acting by the adults (the children are
fine) and underwhelming production values. Herschell
Gordon Lewis co-writes
with Hurley and is the cinematographer.
In 1967 Lewis directed Something Weird, based on a
story by Hurley. Since Hurley disapproved of the way
Lewis directed, he took over the directing and tried
to a rework the original. It was filmed and set
in Chicago. The tagline is "He Could Read
Men's Minds And Corrupt Their Women!" The film is
told in flashback.
family man suburban ad executive, Dan Thomas (Dick
Genola), suddenly acquires psychic
power when he falls off a ladder and has a brain
operation. He starts acting weird and gets into
tiffs with his wife Ellen
Guest) and they
split-up when he quits his job. Dan thereby
begins a nightclub magic act with sexy blonde dancer
Bobbi (Bobbi Spencer. When seeking
national fame as a celebrity psychic, Dan's a guest
on the Jerry Larsen TV talk show in NYC. Acting like
a jerk, he ruins his life by outing a celebrity over
the air. Dan's powers disappear when he needs them
most and he becomes a loser.
the story was slight and didn't appeal to the
financial backers, some graphic sex scenes were
gratuitously thrown in to arouse the audience. This
type of exploitation filmmaking pleased them.
an oddity sleaze film that is so bad it might be
perceived as good by some.
REVIEWED ON 7/7/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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