Diary of a Madman

Overview

Based on the story "The Horla" by Guy de Maupassant, this grim low-budget potboiler stars Vincent Price as Simon Cordier, a ruthless magistrate in 19th-century Paris who becomes possessed by the malevolent spirit or "horla" of a condemned murderer whom Cordier was forced to kill in self-defense. Driven by the madman's ghost to continue his pattern of brutal crimes, Cordier comes to the realization that the only way he can purge the violent demon from his soul is to immolate himself in a blazing pyre. Though the ...
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Overview

Based on the story "The Horla" by Guy de Maupassant, this grim low-budget potboiler stars Vincent Price as Simon Cordier, a ruthless magistrate in 19th-century Paris who becomes possessed by the malevolent spirit or "horla" of a condemned murderer whom Cordier was forced to kill in self-defense. Driven by the madman's ghost to continue his pattern of brutal crimes, Cordier comes to the realization that the only way he can purge the violent demon from his soul is to immolate himself in a blazing pyre. Though the riveting Price whose very presence can enliven even the most dismal of horror duds does an admirable job as the tormented Cordier, he is unable to bear the ponderous weight of this tedious production. Although a parallel between the callousness of Cordier's office and the insensate evil of his crimes would have provided an interesting subtext, the script forfeits this potential, relying instead on a pat, self-righteous finale with religious overtones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2011
  • UPC: 883904237914
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,575

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Price Simon Cordier
Nancy Kovack Odette
Chris Warfield Paul
Elaine Devry Jeanne
Stephen Roberts Captain Robert Rennedon
Lewis Martin Priest
Ian Wolfe Pierre
Edward Colmans Andre
Mary Adams Louise
Harvey Stephens Girot
Nelson Olmsted Dr. Borman
Don Brodie
George Sawava
Dick Wilson
Gloria Clark
Joseph Ruskin The Horla
Technical Credits
Reginald Le Borg Director
Norman Breedlove Special Effects
Ralph Butler Sound/Sound Designer
Ellis W. Carter Cinematographer
Ted Coodley Makeup
Marjorie D. Corso Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor A. Gangelin Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Haller Art Director
Robert Kent Producer, Screenwriter
Dick LaSalle Score Composer
Grant Whytock Editor
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