Two uneasy friends, a police officer and a TV talk show host, each pursue the mysterious "handcuff killer" with the aid of an artist who sees - and draws - the killer's crimes before they're committed.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul 'Mac' McCormack
Norman Parker ...
Det. Larry Weeks
Elizabeth Kemp ...
Virna Nightbourne
Detective Cullum
Detective Sporaco
Detective Rich
Barbara Quinn ...
Willie Gonzales
Thomas DeCarlo ...
Teddy Gallagher
Lou Bedford ...
Werner Armstrong
David Ramsey ...
Burt Johnson
Tom Stechschulte ...
Jim Dearden
Louisa Flaningam ...
Betty Mercer
Harvey Dean


After the body of murdered woman is found, nude and handcuffed, floating down the Hudson River in New York, a string of murders occur by an unseen serial killer who kills men by handcuffing them before killing them. Mac, a TV talk-show host, and Larry, a police detective, team up to try to find the killer and seek help from Virna, a clairvoyant young artist, who draws visions of the murders before they happen. As Mac and Larry try to establish a connection between the victims and the first female victim, who may have been sexually involved all of the male victims, Virna's further visions begin to point to her as the next victim as she unknowingly closes in on the killer's identity. Written by matt-282

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Beyond the five senses lies a sixth. To possess it is to see the unseen. If she sees're dead.


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Release Date:

24 October 1982 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Killing Hour  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Dennis Wolfberg's first filmed acting performance. See more »

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Delicious cakes, cookies & brownies: The Well Bread Loaf See more »


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Kill an hour by doing something else!
8 January 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Since this film is a thriller directed by someone with an Italian sounding name, I was expecting something like an American version of Italy's finest export - the Giallo. The film certainly has elements that resemble the Giallo, but it constantly falls down as everything in the film is just so DULL. The plot opens with the discovery of a dead body making its way down the Hudson River. We than follow the investigation into the crimes, which is a joint venture between a police detective and a TV talk show host. The story also gets an extra element of mystery through Virna Nightbourne; a clairvoyant who draws the crimes before they happen. Obviously the idea of someone being able to draw crimes before they happen is more than a little bit preposterous, but to be honest I could live with that if the resulting film was entertaining. However, the film is not entertaining; we've got a couple of decent murder scenes, and that really is the only point of interest. The way that the film plays out is far too serious given the silliness of it, and by the time it ended I was thoroughly bored! Not recommended.

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