The Sender (1982)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  22 October 1982 (USA)
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A disturbed telepathic man is able to transmit his dreams and visions into the minds of the people around him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gail Farmer
The Sender
Dr. Denman
Sean Hewitt ...
The Messiah
Harry Ditson ...
Dr. Hirsch
Olivier Pierre ...
Dr. Erskine
Tracy Harper ...
Young Girl
Al Matthews ...
Viet Nam Veteran
Marsha A. Hunt ...
Nurse Jo (as Marsha Hunt)
Sheriff Prouty
Jana Shelden ...
Nurse Reimbold
Manning Redwood ...
John Stephen Hill ...
Monica Buford ...


A young man has just been admitted to a mental hospital after attempting suicide at a public beach. Unable to remember even his own name, the doctors call him John Doe #83. Soon after his arrival, the doctor assigned to him begins seeing and hearing things around her that have no explanation. Soon she beings to make the terrifying connection between the things she's seeing and her new patient. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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He has the power to make you live his nightmares... And he's dreaming about you. See more »


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Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alucinações do Mal  »

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1.85 : 1
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An excellent "lost" horror film
24 May 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was released with an glut of really bad horror films in the early '80s and got lost in the shuffle. That's a shame--it's one of the best of its type. There's no masked killer chasing down brain dead teens. It's about a young man (Zeljko Ivanek) committed to an institution because he tried to commit suicide. He believes his dreams can kill. A kind psychiatrist (Kathryn Harrold) tries to help him. Then his creepy mother (Shirley Knight) shows up insisting he be put in her care--but she keeps disappearing.

There's very little violence or blood and guts but it's very scary and suspenseful. The ending is (now) old hat but was pretty original when this film was released. Any movie that can scare you silly with a shot of a middle-aged mother walking to her son (see the movie to find out why it's scary) is one hell of a horror movie in my book! Add to that a beautiful music score and excellent performances by Knight and Ivanek (who has gone on to be a top character actor). The only debit is Harrold who's pretty terrible. Still it's well worth seeing.

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