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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
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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"... the vulture has eaten the pigeon; the wolf has eaten the lamb; the lion has devoured the sharp-tongued buffalo; man has killed the lion with an arrow, with spear, with gun-powder; but the *"Horla"* will make of man what man has made of the horse and of the ox; His chattel, His slave, and His food, but the mere power of His will. Woe to us!"... Guy de Maupassant
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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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