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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 ...
Dr. Warren


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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22 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Confusing and Bizarre but yet... an intriguing thriller.
12 November 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An mysterious young man (Zeljko Ivanek) tired to kill himself by drowning in a lake. He's been sent to the Mental Hostipal... supervised by his Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Farmer (Kathryn Harrold). Gail is starting to experienced strange things and the young man transfer his horrific nightmares to his doctor, other doctors and the patients in the hospital.

Directed by Roger Christian (Battlefield Earth, Masterminds, Nostradamus) made an intriguing, solid, suspenseful horror/fantasy film. This has effective performances by Ivanek, Harrold, Paul Freeman and Shirley Knight. This is probably forgotten by now but it sort-of went on to be a Cult Classic.

The DVD from Legend Films (Which is a division from Paramount). DVD has an fine anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an good Dolby Stereo 2.0 Surround Sound. There's no special features on the DVD. Director Christian certainly has an eye by creating genuine shocks and suspense but too bad... his later films never topped his first one, which is this picture. Slow going at times and confusing but certainly an well made movie. (****/*****).

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