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Phobia (1980)
 
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Phobia Phobia Phobia
Phobia Phobia Phobia
Phobia Phobia  

This bomb is from the great director John Huston, who directed The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen, and other movie classics. Figuring out why he stooped to directing such a mediocre thriller is a more interesting mystery than figuring out who is murdering the phobia patients. Paul Michael Glaser is Dr. Peter Ross, a hospital psychiatrist whose father threw him in a pool when he was a child to cure him of his fear of water, so Ross devises a similar form of therapy he calls implosion therapy, that involves throwing his patients into a pool of their own phobias - agoraphobia, fear of heights, fear of snakes, and other fears that were not explained very well. Dr. Ross is testing his experimental therapy on 5 convicts who were released from prison for the study, but one by one they are being murdered. A patient named Bubba, an ex-boxer convicted of armed robbery who also killed his wife's lover, is afraid of snakes, so his therapy is to be forced to look at a movie of a burmese python eating a rabbit, and then being forced to touch a gopher snake. When it's Bubba's turn to get murdered, he dies by rattlesnake bite. We don't see it happen, only the bite marks on his face and the rattlesnake on the floor next to him. I hope somebody put that poor snake into some kind of experimental therapy because using it to kill someone is just plain animal cruelty.

 

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