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 »
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
At the start of the movie the date in Magistrate Simon Cordier's diary states 1886 as the year. 18-19 minutes into the movie, when he returns the picture of his dead wife and son back to the trunk upstairs, the camera pans to the right after it's open and there is a Teddy Bear. Teddy Bears weren't around until shortly after the November 16, 1902 newspaper cartoon of "Teddy" Roosevelt's based on his bear hunting trip in Mississippi earlier in the month. ("Teddy" refused to kill a baby bear after its mother was killed). Steiff bears started at the Leipzig Toy Fair in March 1903. See more »
The dissociation of a madman, this film is great fun and terror from Vincent Price, mater of the horror genre of 1960-1970's.
In this film as Judge Simon Corday, he is a judge who has recently witnessed the public hanging of a heinous murderer. Somehow the evil spirit enters his mind, and controls his evil side.
He also has the vocation of painting portraits of beautiful women, (the lovely Debra Kovacs one of them). Of course after their interlude, the evil spirit of the "horla" takes over and causes much evil.
The sets of 18th century Paris and costumes are lovely, and this is a small gem worth renting for Halloween. Price always delivers, never fails to disappoint. 8/10.
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