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
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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Alucinações do Mal  »

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Quentin Tarantino's favorite horror movie of 1982. See more »


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Music by Johnny Pearson
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"Seems to me that somebody was dreaming".
6 May 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Never really heard of "The Sender", but it turned out as quite a surprise. A solid refined production with dependable performances and an innovative concept with jarring psychological tension and grisly haunting imagery. A young man is admitted to a mental hospital after attempting suicide and the doctors know nothing about him, due to him having no memory. Dr Gail Farmer becomes his doctor and soon discovers that he has uncontrollable telepathic powers that begin to affect the minds of his fellow patients and the hospital staff. This happens whenever he seems threatened, hurt or upset by transmitting those visions. Farmer goes about seeking answers and these might lie in John Doe's #83's mother.

A warm-hearted Kathryn Harrold brings a functional sense to her character Dr Farmer and Zeljko Ivanek creates an uneasy presence by shrouding his character with brooding mystery ("Why can't I control it?"). Accessible performances by Shirley Knight and Paul Freeman add some class. The narrative is completely offbeat and slow-boil, manipulating its characters and the suspenseful/mind-scratching situations they find themselves in. The harrowing mother and son relationship is interestingly staged and running through it is an ambiguous edge. Atmospherics are sombre and clinical with an excellent musical score by Trevor Jones. It's melodically eerie and unhinged with its cues… like the striking opening sequence with its elegant camera-work.

A chilling, under-seen little supernatural horror gem from the 80s.

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