directed by Roger Christian
UK 1982

 

Zeljko Ivanek plays a young amnesiac who has been admitted to the county mental hospital after attempting to drown himself. In attempting to help him remember who he is, Dr. Gail Farmer (Kathryn Harrold) begins to experience bizarre dreams and visions seemingly transmitted to her by the amnesiac. This "sending" becomes externalized when the doctors administer shock treatment on the amnesiac and soon everyone in the hospital are assailed with his violent visions. Gail believes the root of this phenomena lies with the young man's mother (Shirley Knight) who may or may not be a ghost reaching out from beyond the grave to harm her son.

Directed by former art director Roger Christian (ALIEN) who went on to direct the interesting NOSTRADAMUS and the dire BATTLEFIELD: EARTH, this is a horror film which sets itself up to be a low-key affair so the bursts of spectacular special effects are always surprising. Both shocks and chills are usually well-judged. Performances are dead on and stripped of any embellishments. Set in the US but shot in England, the film's autumnal look is undated (thanks to the slick photography of Roger Pratt which is neither grainy nor soft-focused) and is beautifully scored by Trevor Jones.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 22 October 1982

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Runtime 1:31:39
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles English (closed captioning), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Legend Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 14

 

Comments

The anamorphic transfer and mono audio of this Paramount title (licensed to Legend Films) are solid.

 

It would've been nice to see a theatrical trailer at least but even most of Paramount's own horror releases are bare-bones.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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