Review: ‘The Sender’

The Sender is a superbly-crafted modern horror picture, credibly using telepathic communication as its premise for creating nightmarish situations.

The Sender is a superbly-crafted modern horror picture, credibly using telepathic communication as its premise for creating nightmarish situations.

Thomas Baum’s screenplay concerns a suicidal young amnesiac (Zeljko Ivanek) near the fictional town of Corinth, Georgia. Taken to a psychiatric clinic, he establishes a telepathic link with his psychiatrist Gail Farmer (Kathryn Harrold), causing her to experience involuntarily his violent nightmares.

The ‘sender’ cannot control his telepathic powers, and when Dr Denman (Paul Freeman), Farmer’s superior, subjects him to shock treatment and surgical experiments, he sends telepathic images of horror which disrupt the entire hospital. Farmer, who is visited by the sender’s mysterious mother Jerolyn (Shirley Knight), tries to cure him.

Cast is good within script limitations, as Harrold represents an attractive, sympathetic heroine and Ivanek a mesmerizing, troubled youngster.

The Sender

Production

Paramount. Director Roger Christian; Producer Edward S. Feldman; Screenplay Thomas Baum; Camera Roger Pratt; Editor Alan Strachan; Music Trevor Jones; Art Director Malcolm Middleton

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Kathryn Harrold Zeljko Ivanek Shirley Knight Paul Freeman Sean Hewitt Harry Ditson
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