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Diary of a Madman (1963)

 -  Horror  -  6 March 1963 (USA)
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Simon Cordier is a well-respected magistrate who visits a condemned prisoner, Louis Girot, just before the man's execution. Girot again pleads his innocence insisting that he has been taken... See full summary »

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Cast

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Magistrate Simon Cordier
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Odette Mallotte
Chris Warfield ...
Paul Duclasse
Elaine Devry ...
Jeanne D'Arville
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Pierre
Stephen Roberts ...
Police Captain Robert Rennedon
Lewis Martin ...
Father Raymonde
Mary Adams ...
Louise
Edward Colmans ...
Andre D'Arville
Nelson Olmsted ...
Dr. Borman
Harvey Stephens ...
Louis Girot
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Martin
Wayne Collier ...
Arguing Cafe Couple
Gloria Clark ...
Arguing Cafe Couple
Don Brodie ...
Marcel the Postman
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Simon Cordier is a well-respected magistrate who visits a condemned prisoner, Louis Girot, just before the man's execution. Girot again pleads his innocence insisting that he has been taken over by a spirit that forced him to commit his crimes. Cordier doesn't believe him and the man suddenly dies. Cordier does however note a rapid change in his personality during their short interview. In the following days, Cordier must face a number of strange occurrences in his home. He begins to wonder if he is sleepwalking but is soon hearing voices and begins to wonder about his sanity. It's recommended to him that he take up sculpting, something he once had an interest in. He develops a relationship with Odette, a gold digger married to a struggling artist, but the evil, invisible spirit soon drives him to murder. Written by garykmcd

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He upholds the law, except when he murders.

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6 March 1963 (USA)  »

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When Simon throws the box of art supplies at the Horla to prove he is standing in front of the mirror, you can see Simon's reflection in the sheet of glass used to create the invisible Horla. See more »

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Police Captain Robert Rennedon: Murderers. They're all the same. Humanity would be much better off without them.
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Pretty good if unknown Price movie
19 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vincent Price plays Simon Cordier a kind man who is a judge. He is possessed by a Horla (never shown--you only hear its voice) who thrives on evil. It sets Price out to commit evil deeds even though he fights against it. Then he meets sweet Odette (Nancy Kovack) and things go out of control....

Well-made, colorful (some BEAUTIFUL set design here), low-key horror film. The plot is interesting and the acting is good (especially Price and Kovack). There's next to no violence in this one (the one murder scene is badly faked)...it mostly concentrates on Price fighting against the Horla. There's a few very interesting discussions between Price and the demon about good, evil and morality. It all leads up to a great climax. If you're looking for a blood and guts movie this isn't it but it is an intelligent thoughtful horror film. Recommended.


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