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The Sender (1982)

A disturbed telepathic man is unable to fully control his ability to transmit his dreams and visions into the minds of the people around him, or even influence reality. A female therapist tries to help him, but his mother gets in the way.

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Roger Christian

Writer:

Thomas Baum
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Harrold ... Gail Farmer
Zeljko Ivanek ... The Sender
Shirley Knight ... Jerolyn
Paul Freeman ... Dr. Denman
Sean Hewitt ... The Messiah
Harry Ditson ... Dr. Hirsch
Olivier Pierre Olivier Pierre ... Dr. Erskine
Tracy Harper Tracy Harper ... Young Girl
Al Matthews ... Viet Nam Veteran
Marsha A. Hunt ... Nurse Jo (as Marsha Hunt)
Angus MacInnes ... Sheriff Prouty
Jana Shelden Jana Shelden ... Nurse Reimbold
Manning Redwood ... Policeman
John Stephen Hill John Stephen Hill ... Policeman
Monica Buford Monica Buford ... Dr. Warren
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A young man has just been admitted to a mental hospital after attempting suicide at a public beach. Unable to remember even his own name, the doctors call him John Doe #83. Soon after his arrival, the doctor assigned to him begins seeing and hearing things around her that have no explanation. Soon she begins to make the terrifying connection between the things she's seeing and her new patient. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Your dreams will never be the same. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alucinações do Mal See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$434,884, 24 October 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,054,328
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Quentin Tarantino's favorite horror movie of 1982. See more »

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Soundtracks

Walk Through the Meadows
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Music by Johnny Pearson
Bosworth Music Ltd
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sure it's better than Battlefield Earth, but...
3 March 2018 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

From the future director of Battlefield Earth, and actually only half as memorable while objectively better made. There are a few set pieces in this kind of dreams-cum-telekinetic psycho plot (with some Psycho flourishes to boot) that do impress - it has a must-see scene if you are into electro-shock in cinema - in what is like discount Stephen King's Shock Corridor, and it's interesting to see where Ivanek got his start before he became one of those "Oh THAT guy!" actors in the industry.

But I never really cared about Ivanek's character, even minimally, or about the kind doctor Kathryn Harold who gets fucked with for the first half hour/40 minutes (it feels like it's going somewhere else too, like maybe she could be turning crazy by this John Doe fella... Until that proves to not really be the case) until it takes some... Yawn turns. The Sender is slickly made, with a stock secondary cast of crazies who may or may not be actual patients(?) and at times Trevor Jones (who also scored The Dark Crystal the same year) has to do some heavy lifting.

Oh and of course it has a damn freeze frame at the end. Bottom line, it just reminds you of better movies, though Harrold is nice to look at.


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