Anatomy of a Psycho

Anatomy of a Psycho is a 1961 American crime thriller film directed by Boris Petroff (as Brooke L. Peters). Ed Wood reportedly contributed to Jane Mann's screenplay as Larry Lee. The film uses music originally used for Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). Ronnie Burns, adopted son of George Burns and Gracie Allen, plays the lead.

Anatomy of a Psycho
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBoris Petroff (as Brooke L. Peters)
Produced byBoris Petroff (producer)
Screenplay byJane Mann
Don Devlin
Story byJane Mann
Edward D. Wood, Jr. (as Larry Lee)
StarringSee below
Music byMichael Terr
CinematographyJoel Colman
Edited byEd Spiegel
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States


After his brother is sentenced to death at a trial, teenager Chet increasingly experiences paranoia and psychosis, which not even his sister, best friend or girlfriend can relieve. Ultimately losing touch with surrounding reality, he assaults the son of the prosecuting attorney. However, Lieutenant Mac, a local police officer, discovers Chet's involvement and hunts him down, leading to a tragic denouement.


DVD releaseEdit

The film was released on DVD in 2001.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Anatomy of a Psycho/Hatchet For the Honeymoon (1974), Retrieved on 24 February 2010.

Further readingEdit

  • The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1996), documentary film directed by Brett Thompson
  • Rudolph Grey, Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1992) ISBN 978-0-922915-24-8

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