The Sender (1982) (Blu-ray Review)

The Sender (1982) (Blu-ray Review)

The Sender (1982) (Blu-ray Review)

📅19 August 2015, 20:51

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The Sender (1982) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Roger Christian
Starring: Kathryn Harrold, Zeljko Ivanek, Shirley Knight
Rated: R/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Olive Films

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In this psychological horror film, Zeljko Ivanek (TV’s Damages, Argo) stars as John Doe #83, a patient admitted to a psychiatric hospital after a suicide attempt. When Dr. Gail Farmer (Kathryn Harrold, TV’s The Rockford Files, The Hunter), the psychiatrist assigned to his case, begins experiencing vivid hallucinations, she suspects that she may be telepathically connected to her new patient, envisioning what he is experiencing in real-time.

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This 1982 horror thriller has the reputation of being Quentin Tarantino’s favorite horror film of 1982. It also has the reputation of being a rather brooding and extremely creepy at times. Building off of great on-screen performances, the film starts very creepy with a man waking up in the middle of no where and then going off into trying to walk into very deep water. Flash forward just a bit and he’s found himself in the nut house with the type of people who you’d expect from a 1982 movie featuring a crazy house and a lovely doctor lady, who he gets drawn to rather quickly. The movie is one of those that creeps up on you and it results in a very strong plot driven movie that might impress you a bit more with the acting than it does the actual horror side of things. Not that the horror part still isn’t strong as well. Any movie with an apparent nut-case tossing his visions into the minds of all those around him is bound to hit creepy street a time or two before the film wraps, and that is certainly what happens eventually here in this one.

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Not that our plot isn’t weird enough, but things get rolling even more when our patients mother shows up to add to the mix. I think in the end it makes watching the film worth it, but I do admit that I think it would have helped if the thing had of gotten on a ball a little sooner. It has a great start and ending, but in the middle is where the water of The Sender gets a bit muggy. For a film that Tarantino called his favorite of the year, I think I might have expected just a bit more than I ended up with here. Not saying it was a bad movie. Just saying with that type of praise you might be looking for things that aren’t here and getting your hopes up just a bit high. As is, The Sender is creepy. It is a haunting tale in a lot of ways that works the camera well and drives it home with the actors. If you like things that might take time, but still end up being scary, then you will want to see The Sender if you haven’t already.

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Extras

– None

Quality of Transfer: 88%

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