Schizoid (film)

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Schizoid 1980.jpg
Directed by David Paulsen
Produced by Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Written by David Paulsen
Starring Klaus Kinski
Music by Craig Hundley
Cinematography Norman Leigh
Edited by Richard S. Brummer
Robert Fitzgerald
Parvez Zabier
Distributed by Cannon Film Distributors
Release dates
September 1980
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Schizoid (also known as Murder by Mail) is a 1980 horror film directed and written by David Paulsen.


Julie (Marianna Hill) is an advice columnist for the city newspaper who begins to receive anonymous notes threatening murder and worse. At about the same time, female members of the group therapy session she attends are being stabbed, one by one, by an unknown assailant. Is there a connection? If so, why do the notes talk about murder with a gun, while the murder victims are being stabbed? At first, the police, her ex-husband, her therapist and her friends all assure her that the notes are probably unrelated, and hoax; but with time, it becomes apparent that someone close to her is responsible. Is it her therapist, Pieter (Klaus Kinski), who has sex with his patients just before they are murdered? Or Pieter's daughter (Donna Wilkes), who resents Julie for Julie's romantic involvement with Pieter? Is it Julie's ex-husband (Craig Wasson), who never really wanted their divorce? Or maybe Gilbert (Christopher Lloyd), the eccentric building maintenance man?



The film was given a limited release theatrically by the Cannon Group beginning in September 1980. It was subsequently released on VHS by MCA-Universal Home Video and was also released on betamax by Rank Video in the UK.[1] Scream Factory officially released the film on Blu-ray in late August 2013 paired with Hospital Massacre.


  1. ^ "Company Credits for Schizoid". Retrieved 2011-04-13. 

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