Teen seeks revenge for execution of his brother
Author: msroz from United States
20 April 2013
"Anatomy of a Psycho" is in the category of juvenile delinquent noir or JD noir. A good print of it brings out the noir cinematography and staging in places. It is more JD than noir, however.
The story is not a mystery, not a thriller, and not horror. It's more or less sincere drama that suffers from ineptitude in execution. The result is a good deal of tedium with occasional flashes of interest. This is not a b-movie, but a c-movie.
Darrell Howe plays the psycho, well not really psychotic. He's simply behaving very badly, following his bad impulses and drives. He's very upset because he believes his brother has been wrongly executed for murder and he's determined to take revenge. This he does, by burning down the house of the judge, for example. His sister is engaged to Ronnie Burns whose father testified against his brother, so he lies in court about Burns and gets him jailed.
Michael Granger plays the cop, and you may recognize him.
JD is perhaps not the best way to characterize films like this. The category of "troubled youth" may be better. The delinquent is a more extreme troubled youth. These films reflect the disillusionment of young men and women who don't like the society (or family life) they become aware of as they grow up or doubt its values. They see no place for themselves in it, so they choose some other path. These films exist today because conditions haven't changed.