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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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24 October 1982 (France) See more »
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Dennis Wolfberg's first filmed acting performance.See more »
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »


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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Giallo echoes., 14 August 2010
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"The Killing Hour" is an American thriller with Italian giallo ambitions. The murders, the killer's disguise & modus operandi and especially the final denouement – which obviously can't be revealed here – are seemingly taken straight from the screenplay of an early 70's Italian giallo highlight. Even the additional topic of clairvoyance doesn't make it typically American, because near the end of the seventies the Italians were experimenting with supernatural themes, like for example in Lucio Fulci's "The Psychic". This certainly isn't a bad little movie, it's just somewhat unfortunate that the pacing is very uneven and the second half is boring and lifeless. What you can't afford to miss about "The Killing Hour" are the first ten minutes. Imagine if you agreed with some of your friends to watch this movie and you're ten minutes late to the party, well than you're just terribly out of luck, because 99% of the horrific images and carnage are already over and done with by then. In the opening sequences we witness the discovery of a naked girl's body floating in the Hudson river and two highly imaginative murders, one in a pool and one in a road construction site. All three victims wore handcuffs and there's undoubtedly a common element that links them all to the same killer. Whilst copper Larry Weeks and TV talk show host Paul McCormack are arguing about whether or not to keep the story out of the media, a shy young girl reports herself to the police. She's an artist in training but claims that at certain moments her hand uncontrollably takes over and draws the murders as they occurred or will still occur. McCormack sees the girl as a sensational guest for his talk show, but obviously doesn't realize this brings her in great mortal danger. The film starts out as a compelling whodunit full of suspense and curious characters (a cop who's a stand-up comedian in his spare time?), but gradually becomes just another dull and predictable little thriller. There's hardly anything exciting going on in the film's second half and the climax is only original and efficient if you haven't seen a single Italian giallo ever before in your life. As soon as you have, the ending of "The Killing Hour" will leave you underwhelmed and stone cold. Writer/director Armand Mastroianni, who probably has some sort of Italian roots despite being born and raised in Brooklyn, was a competent horror director back in the early 80's. He made the underrated slasher "He Knows You're Alone" as well as goofy horror flicks like "The Supernaturals" and "Cameron's Closet". This was his most serious horror effort, but the result is only semi-successful.

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