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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

He has the power to make you live his nightmares... And he's dreaming about you. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

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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Featured in Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk Through the Meadows
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Pearson
Bosworth Music Ltd
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Truly underrated horror film.
10 September 2004 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

A suicidal mental patient(Zelijko Ivanek)turns his horrific nightmares into reality by choosing receivers for his demented thoughts from the local hospital.Psychiatrist(Kathryn Harrold)realizes the young man's power and tries to save him."The Sender" is a very creepy horror film that has slick production values.The acting is surprisingly good and the film perfectly mixes reality with unsettling hallucinations.There is only a little bit of blood,but the atmosphere of dread and fear is easy to feel.There are some wonderful moments of pure horror like the scene where an Etc machine is switched on and an entire operating room erupts in a slow-motion explosion.The film is relatively obscure,but if you get the chance watch it.8 out of 10.Highly recommended.


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