Monday, August 18, 2014

The Sender (1982)

Director: Roger Christian

Writer: Thomas Baum

Composer: Trevor Jones

Starring: Kathryn Harrold, Zeljko Ivanek, Shirley Knight Paul Freeman, Sean Hewitt, Harry Ditson, Olivier Pierre, Tracy Harper, Al Matthews, Marsha A. Hunt, Angus MacInnes

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He has the power to make you live his nightmares... And he's dreaming about you.

Plot: A disturbed telepathic man is able to transmit his dreams and visions into the minds of the people around him.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Meh.  OK thriller/horror with good performances and mood, I suppose, but I didn't find it all that compelling.  The opening few minutes (see video above) are fantastic but once he's in the hospital it's a slow go until the end of the picture.   It's not as if it struggles to the finish line.  It's the doctors trying to figure out what's going on with this kid and how to fix it added with scene after scene of strange goings on they can't explain that add to the pacing problems.  Maybe there's a bit too much of it.  Beats me.  The ending works for the picture so if you dig the film you'll dig the ending.  I found the film somewhat flat but it's not a bad picture.  The Paramount DVD has a great looking widescreen print and not a single extra.

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