By Adam Ruhl
First up is X-Ray, though it has apparently had many names in its time such as Hospital Massacre and the pre-release title Be My Valentine or Else! This is one of the multitudes of holiday themed slasher pics to come out in the wake of Friday the 13th. The Valentine’s Day theme is a background element in the 1961 and 1980 portions of the film (though they had to be aware they had been beaten to the punch by My Bloody Valentine which may have prompted the more generic name change).
Schizoid, has a more serious tone. Julie is an advice columnist who receives threatening letters that coincide with the stabbings of members of her support group. She suspects the letters come from someone close to her and the stabbings are related. This film also has an early film role of Christopher Lloyd, post- Cuckoo’s Nest but three years before he was a Klingon and five before Doc Brown.
The film has a fun 70’s horror sensibility with a soundtrack to match and a few clever moments. However, Schizoid takes itself more seriously than X-Ray and is slower paced which makes it the less fun of the two to watch. Also, Schizoid features a lot of Klaus Kinski kissing women which can get unpleasant. If watching these back to back I recommend starting with Schizoid and work up to X-Ray.
Schizoid is transferred with the same care and it exposes some beautiful cinematography. Both features have very little bonus content, an interview each and Schizoids theatrical trailer.
- X-Ray: Interview with Director Boaz Davidson
- Schizoid: Interview with Actress Donna Wilkes and theatrical trailer
- 1080p Hi-Def widescreen 1.78:1
- DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo
- English-only Audio & Subtitles
- Original Release: X-ray 1983 / Schizoid 1980
- Runtime: X-ray 89 minutes / Schizoid 89 minutes
- X-ray Rated R / Schizoid Rated R