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Diary of a Madman (1963)

Approved | | Horror | 6 March 1963 (USA)
An evil spirit leaves the body of his human host, a criminal on death-row, and sneaks into the body of his next human host, a French magistrate.

Director:

Reginald Le Borg

Writers:

Guy de Maupassant (stories), Robert E. Kent
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Magistrate Simon Cordier
Nancy Kovack ... Odette Mallotte
Chris Warfield Chris Warfield ... Paul Duclasse
Elaine Devry ... Jeanne D'Arville
Ian Wolfe ... Pierre
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Police Captain Robert Rennedon
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Father Raymonde
Mary Adams ... Louise
Edward Colmans ... Andre D'Arville
Nelson Olmsted ... Dr. Borman
Harvey Stephens ... Louis Girot
Dick Wilson ... Martin
Wayne Collier Wayne Collier ... Arguing Cafe Couple
Gloria Clark Gloria Clark ... Arguing Cafe Couple
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Marcel the Postman
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Storyline

Simon Cordier is a well-respected magistrate who visits a condemned prisoner, Louis Girot, just before the man's execution. Girot again pleads his innocence insisting that he has been taken over by a spirit that forced him to commit his crimes. Cordier doesn't believe him and the man suddenly dies. Cordier does however note a rapid change in his personality during their short interview. In the following days, Cordier must face a number of strange occurrences in his home. He begins to wonder if he is sleepwalking but is soon hearing voices and begins to wonder about his sanity. It's recommended to him that he take up sculpting, something he once had an interest in. He develops a relationship with Odette, a gold digger married to a struggling artist, but the evil, invisible spirit soon drives him to murder. Written by garykmcd

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He upholds the law, except when he murders. See more »

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Horror

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Horla See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical film of Lewis Martin. See more »

Goofs

When the magistrate hands Odette his calling card there is not any writing on the back of it but when Paul looks at it there is the time and day written there. See more »

Quotes

Police Captain Robert Rennedon: Murderers. They're all the same. Humanity would be much better off without them.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are revealed by a knife cutting through red fabric. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Demons (1996) See more »

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Vincent Price vs. The Horla
27 December 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

Vincent Price, as Simon Cordier, is possessed by an evil spirit and is forced to kill. Can he overcome the beast that haunts him inside?

Dug this out of my collection and gave it another view. I really like this one and feel it has been underrated by many. The only major problem I have with it is the story would have been better served had the existence of the Horla been left more to question. Still I really enjoyed this, especially Vincent Price in the lead. It's got that old-time 1960s AIP Horror feel to it even though it wasn't made there.


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