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Diary of a Madman (1963) - Plot Summary Poster

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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
  • Simon Cordier, a sculptor possessed by an evil spirit, hires a model to pose for him then learns thereafter that she has been brutally murdered.

    - Written by Anonymous
  • Simon Cordier, a judge, visits a condemned man in his cell who claims he committed the murders he was condemned for, being under the control of an evil spirit - Horla. Under spell he tries to kill the judge, fails and dies. Upon losing its victim, Horla has no choice but to select a new one, the judge.

    - Written by vlady@worldnet.att.net
  • An evil spirit leaves the body of his human host, a criminal on death-row, and sneaks into the body of his next human host, a French magistrate.

    - Written by nufs68

Synopsis

DIARY OF A MADMAN aka THE HORLA The film begins with this quote: 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...

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