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The Clairvoyant -- Young art student Virna has the unconscious ability to draw the future victims of a serial murderer, in this standard thriller that also involves Paul "Mac" McCormack, a sleazy talk-show host, and the local police.


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Beyond the five senses lies a sixth. To possess it is to see the unseen. If she sees're dead.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Perry King ... Paul 'Mac' McCormack
Norman Parker ... Det. Larry Weeks
Elizabeth Kemp ... Virna Nightbourne

Kenneth McMillan ... Detective Cullum

Jon Polito ... Detective Sporaco

Joe Morton ... Detective Rich
Barbara Quinn ... Muriel

Antone Pagan ... Willie Gonzales
Thomas DeCarlo ... Teddy Gallagher
Lou Bedford ... Werner Armstrong
David Ramsey ... Burt Johnson
Tom Stechschulte ... Jim Dearden
Louisa Flaningam ... Leanna

Olivia Negron ... Betty Mercer

Steve Beauchamp ... Harvey Dean
Helena Carroll ... Bag Lady
Tom Erawley ... Browder
Estelle Evans ... Francine
Robert Fairbairn ... Hotel Manager
Donald Gantry ... TV Director
Reuben Green ... Police Sketch Artist
Jamie Haskins ... Stage Manager
Carol Ostrow ... Comic Strip Announcer
Brooke Palance ... Hooker
Antonia Rey ... Spanish Woman
Syrena Irvin ... Hooker
Jacquelyn Roberts ... Comic Strip Waitress

Ted Sorel ... Ben Cosley (as Theodore Sorel)
Mindy Susan ... Comic Strip Waitress

Tom Tammi ... News Reporter
Al Thomas ... Irate Driver
Dennis Wolfberg ... Comedian
Dana Zeller-Alexis ... Floor Manager

Robert Kerman ... Medical Examiner
Mike Edwards ... Taxi Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ruby Payne ... Flower Lady (uncredited)

Directed by
Armand Mastroianni 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Armand Mastroianni  story
B. Jonathan Ringkamp  story and screenplay

Produced by
Joseph Beruh .... executive producer
Robert Di Milia .... producer
Edgar Lansbury .... producer
Nan Pearlman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alexander Peskanov 
Cinematography by
Larry Pizer 
Film Editing by
David E. McKenna 
Art Direction by
Susan Kaufman 
Makeup Department
Carla White .... hair stylist
Carla White .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mike Edwards .... unit manager
Kelly Van Horn .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Costa Mantis .... assistant director
Roberta Presser .... second assistant director
Nathalie Vadim .... second assistant director (as Nathalie Plemiannikov)
Art Department
Tommy Allen .... carpenter (as Tom Allen)
Keith Crosley .... storyboard artist
Christine Gardyasz .... assistant property master
Jeffrey L. Glave .... painter (as Jeff Glave)
Jeffrey L. Glave .... scenic chargeman
Sandy Hamilton .... assistant art director
Vince Misiano .... assistant property master
Pearl Rosen .... sketch artist
Will Scheck .... property master
Sound Department
Stuart Deutsch .... boom operator
Ron Kalish .... sound editor
Abe Nejad .... supervising sound editor
Rolf Pardula .... sound mixer
Linda Shamest .... supervising sound editor
Jess Soraci .... sound editor
Cliff Cudney .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Devonshire .... electrician
John Ford .... grip
Larry Huston .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Robert Ippolito .... grip
Rajesh Joshi .... second assistant camera
Fred LeBow .... still photographer: second unit
William W. Lister .... gaffer (as William Lister)
Constantine Makris .... camera operator
Rex North .... key grip
Jerry Pope .... lighting technician
Doug Sutton .... best boy (as Doug Sutton)
Kelly Van Horn .... underwater camera operator
Harold Warren .... electrician
Carla White .... underwater camera assistant
Justine Woolner .... still photographer
Casting Department
Leonard Finger .... casting consultant
Mike Kara .... extras casting (as Michael Kara)
Barbara Quinn .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denise Andres .... wardrobe (as Denise Romano)
Ellen Lutter .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Vera Dika .... first assistant editor
Benjamin Rodriguez .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ian Finkle .... conductor
Benjy King .... synthesizer
Dan Pinsky .... music supervisor (as Daniel Pinsky)
Transportation Department
Rocco Derasmo .... transportation captain
Other crew
Ann Edgeworth .... production assistant
Julie Edgeworth .... production assistant
David Fitzgerald .... location manager
Bob Gallagher .... location scout
Ed Gifford .... production assistant
Darrell Jonas .... assistant to the producers
Michael Lansbury .... production assistant
Scott Levin .... production assistant
Ken Marec .... production assistant
Bill Minet .... security (as William Minet)
Micahel Papadopoulos .... production assistant
Denise Pinckley .... production coordinator
Leslie A. Pope .... production assistant (as Leslie Ann Pope)
Drina Rigan .... production assistant
Rob Schweber .... production assistant
Janine Stover .... script supervisor
Marion Winn .... promotion
Nancy Littlefield .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Killing Hour" - USA (video title)
"The Killing Kind" - USA (video title)
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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Dennis Wolfberg's first filmed acting performance.See more »
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Little giallo in the Big Apple, 23 December 2014
Author: ultra_violent from New York City, New York, USA

"The Killing Hour," alternately titled "The Clairvoyant," follows Norman Parker as a New York City detective attempting to solve the mystery behind the murders of multiple women; an ever-handsome Perry King plays a local talk show host with alternately vested interests in the crimes, but the presence of an art student who appears to be able to draw the murders on paper before they occur brings a whole new dimension to the solving of the mystery.

Armand Mastroianni writes and directs here, two years after the release of his slasher film "He Knows You're Alone"— in my opinion one of the most underrated and charming of the eighties—and the direction is solid. Mastroianni has a knack for photographing the city and milking it for all the atmosphere it offers. With "He Knows You're Alone," the suburban gloom of Staten Island set the backdrop, while Manhattan serves as the primary location here, but the photography and direction are moody and evocative. The script, as some have noted, does slack a bit at times, but the sleek photography and strongly-established atmosphere really overshadow any losses of momentum in the screenplay.

The film is similarly fashioned to a giallo, and at times evokes the work of Mario Bava or Dario Argento, with a psychic splash of Nicholas Roeg's "Don't Look Now," but all that said, these are respectable influences to have. The psychic element is the standout component here, which elevates the proceedings from mere "killer-in-the-city" fodder to something slightly more interesting. Norman Parker and Perry King make competent leading men, while Elizabeth Kemp is also solid as the tormented clairvoyant art student.

Overall, "The Killing Hour" is a solid thriller that wears its influences on its sleeve. As with some of his other films, Mastroianni is great at evoking atmosphere from the camera and the locations. Despite a few pacing issues, the giallo undertones and the grand finale make this worth a watch. 7/10.

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