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The Night Visitor (1971)

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A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of "guilty due to insanity", he does not plan to let his sister and ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
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Dr. Anton Jenks
Rupert Davies ...
Mr. Clemens
Dr. Kemp
Jim Kennedy ...
Arthur Hewlett ...
Hanne Bork ...
Gretchen Franklin ...
Mrs. Hansen
Bjørn Watt-Boolsen ...
Mr. Torens
Lotte Freddie ...
Britt Torens
Erik Kühnau ...
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A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of "guilty due to insanity", he does not plan to let his sister and her husband forget that they were responsible for the murder of a farmhand and for his cruel imprisonment in the asylum. Written by alfiehitchie

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If your skin doesn't crawl, its on too tight!


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7 February 1972 (Sweden)  »

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This film was made in Scandinavia, but it is never actually stated that it is set there (or anywhere else). Several characters are either not named or else have names which could belong to any one of several countries. See more »


When Salem is returning to his cell, the second time, just before he locks the door. See more »


The Parrot: Salem, come to supper!
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Excellent lost 70's chiller - HIGHLY RCOMMENDED
19 March 2006 | by (Cardiff, Wales) – See all my reviews

I remember catching 'The Night Visitor' on UK late night TV in the late 70's. At that time I'd not heard of it but was hooked from the outset. Many of the haunting images stayed with me and recently I got all nostalgic and started searching for either video or DVD releases of several lost gems from the early 70's, amongst them 'And Soon The Darkness', 'I Start Counting' and of course 'The Night Visitor'. Success!!! as all titles were available on DVD (some are deleted from obscure labels but all frequently pop up on Ebay for reasonable amounts). Strangely, having caught up with several long forgotten film or TV shows from my childhood, most have been disappointing, however 'The Night Visitor' retains it's menacing, almost surreal air and Max Von Sydow carries the film with great support from Trevor Howard (who seems to be setting the tone for his later appearance in 1973's 'The Offence') and I even recalled Arthur Hewlett as the prison guard with the gnome-like features. All in all a MUST for any Von Sydow fan and any lover of quirky psychological thrillers, low on budget but high on plot and intrigue.

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