The Couch

The Couch is a 1962 American psychological horror film directed by Owen Crump from a screenplay by Robert Bloch and a story by Blake Edwards and Owen Crump. The film stars Grant Williams, Shirley Knight, and Onslow Stevens. The film was released by Warner Bros. on February 21, 1962.


A man phones the police and announces that a murder will be committed at seven o'clock. At the stroke of 7:00p.m., he stabs a stranger on the streets with an icepick; escaping, he then reports to Dr. Janz for his daily psychiatric session. Although it is after 7:00, the young man tells the waiting receptionist, Terry, that it is exactly 7:00 – she has mislaid her watch and is unaware of the exact time. He returns the icepick to the bar in the practice, from where he had taken it.