The Sender

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A suicidal patient is placed in a mental hospital for observation. A psychiatrist realizes that the fellow contains telepathic powers with which he's capable of transferring his own fear-filled nightmares into the minds of others. When he directs his ephemeral madness into the minds of the doctors and patients around him, the hospital turns into a nightmarish melee.
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A suicidal patient is placed in a mental hospital for observation. A psychiatrist realizes that the fellow contains telepathic powers with which he's capable of transferring his own fear-filled nightmares into the minds of others. When he directs his ephemeral madness into the minds of the doctors and patients around him, the hospital turns into a nightmarish melee.
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This sadly overlooked effort from 1982 is one of the most thoughtful and unique horror films that was released during that time. The Sender is an appealing film because it never panders to the audience or treats them like children. Thomas Baum's imaginative and subtle script artfully controls the mystery at the heart of its narrative, carefully doling out just enough information at the right time to twist the viewer's expectations and keep them hooked. Baum also did a fine job creating textured characterizations: the psychiatrist heroine is caring without being naïve or dismissive of her duties while the title character is sympathetic yet mysterious enough to inspire fear at the right moments. These characters are brought to life with equal skill by a gifted cast: Kathryn Harrold brings a depth of emotion to her psychologist character without overdoing it, Zeljko Ivanek conveys the fear and confusion of his troubled character without lapsing into hysteria and Shirley Knight is creepy in a low-key, eerie manner as the hero's mother. Finally -- and most importantly -- The Sender works because of Roger Christian's thoughtful direction. He never overplays the supernatural dimensions of the story but when it comes time to deliver a jolt, he does so with style and forcefulness: highlights include a spooky car chase through deserted nocturnal streets and a show-stopping scene where John Doe 'sends' a vision of the fear he feels into everyone in the hospital. In short, The Sender is a thinking man's horror film and worthy of being rediscovered by genre fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • UPC: 844503000170
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Legend Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Dr. Erskine
Tracy Harper Young Girl
Marsha Hunt Nurse Jo
Angus MacInnes Sheriff Prouty
Colin Bruce Computer Technician
Darcy Flynn TV Anchorwoman
Jerry Harte Security Guard
Al Matthews Vietnam Veteran
Manning Redwood
Jana Shelden Nurse Reimbold
Technical Credits
Roger Christian Director
Nick Allder Special Effects
Thomas Baum Screenwriter
Charles Bishop Art Director
Allan Bryce Special Effects
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Ed Feldman Producer
Shari Feldman Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Hickenbotham Costumes/Costume Designer
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Malcolm Middleton Production Designer
Sarah Monzani Makeup
James Pergola Camera Operator
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Roger Simons Asst. Director
Colin Skeaping Stunts
Steve Spence Art Director
James Spencer Production Designer
Roy Stannard Set Decoration/Design
Alan Strachan Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sender
1. Main Title/ The Beach [5:21]
2. Meeting John Doe [6:01]
3. The Messiah [3:53]
4. The Necklace [7:31]
5. Shock Therapy? [4:06]
6. Visions [8:22]
7. Telepathy [7:45]
8. "You Won't Feel Anything" [5:18]
9. Nightmares [9:30]
10. Mama's Boy! [7:03]
11. Surgery Under Fire [9:51]
12. "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" [6:39]
13. Jesus Saved [4:10]
14. Going Home/ End Credits [6:04]
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