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The Night Visitor (1971)

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A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of "guilty due to insanity", he does not plan to let his sister and ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Salem (as Max Von Sydow)
... Inspector
... Ester Jenks
... Dr. Anton Jenks
... Mr. Clemens
... Dr. Kemp
Jim Kennedy ... Carl
... Pop
Hanne Bork ... Emmie
Gretchen Franklin ... Mrs. Hansen
Bjørn Watt-Boolsen ... Mr. Torens (as Bjorn Watt-Boolsen)
Lotte Freddie ... Britt Torens
Erik Kühnau ... Police doctor (as Erik Kuhnau)
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A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of "guilty due to insanity", he does not plan to let his sister and her husband forget that they were responsible for the murder of a farmhand and for his cruel imprisonment in the asylum. Written by alfiehitchie

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Locked in the cold asylum of his mind - a sane man stalks his prey...a haunting story of the possible See more »

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7 February 1972 (Sweden)  »

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The first director attached to this project, in the early 1960s, was Robert Siodmak. See more »

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When Salem is returning to his cell, the second time, just before he locks the door. See more »

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The Parrot: Salem, come to supper!
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salem's lot
22 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is what they call a sleeper but actually Von Sydow is an insomniac ! Very close to the Bergmanesque feelings of despair and anguish, with his actors, Max Vob Sydow and Liv Ulmann and a Colombo/esquire inspector by Trevor Howard. Closer to Bergman in any respect than it is to Hitchcock. It's in color but it feels like black and white, has a literary quality, some clumsiness (especially with the weird accents and the whole atmosphere of countryside way backwards in time and development) and a twist ending like the old Twilight Zone or Ray Bradbury mystery stories. Shot in the blazing winter in Sweden and Denmark, featuring a bravura physical performance from Sydow it's a rare and weird team up from director Benedek (veteran of The Wild One and a lot of TV), with a producing Mel Ferrer (!) and a haunting scary score who works a sound design by Henry Mancini (Mancini and Ferrer worked together on Wait Until Dark before, another creepy classic). Saw this almost 20 years ago on TV by chance, made an incredible impression that stayed with me, couldn't get hold of it but now I saw it again and was struck again. Creepy as hell and you can feel the freezing cold ! A gem waiting to be rediscovered and i have a feeling somehow that someone will mess with this in a shitty remake.


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