Diary of a Madman (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

Diary of a Madman (1963)





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A horrifying "horla," the evil, murderous spirit of an executed man, possesses a French judge in this suspenseful horror film. Now the only way to stop it is to commit suicide. The plot is adapted from a classic tale by Guy de Maupassant.more
Rating: R
Genre: Classics, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Guy de Maupassant, Robert E. Kent, Robert Kent
In Theaters:
United Artists (


Vincent Price
as Magistrate Simon Cor...
Chris Warfield
as Paul Duclasse
Nancy Kovack
as Odette Mallotte
Elaine Devry
as Jeanne D'Arville
Ian Wolfe
as Pierre
Stephen Roberts
as Police Captain Rober...
Lewis Martin
as Father Raymonde
Mary Adams
as Louise
Edward Colmans
as Andre D'Arville
Nelson Olmsted
as Dr. Borman
Harvey Stephens
as Louis Girot
Wayne Collier
as Arguing Cafe Couple
Gloria Clark
as Arguing Cafe Couple
Don Brodie
as Marcel the Postman
Joseph Ruskin
as The Horla
George Sawaya
as Wagon Driver
Lewis Martin
as Father Raymonde
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Madman

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A nifty horror treat until it runs out of steam toward the end.

Full Review… | February 20, 2016
Creative Loafing

Lacked humor and genuine horror.

Full Review… | July 31, 2002
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

August 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Madman

Not a very well known Price film, but it's actually a very good movie, and he gives a great performance as always. If you're a fan you should really check this one out if you can find it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Grim retelling of the story "The Horla" by Guy de Maupassant, Vincent Price does admirably as the tormented protagonist. Wonderful, colorful sets and interesting subtext.

hawk ledge

Super Reviewer

A great "creature feature". Must we deny the existence of the Horla? Ian Wolfe makes a fine character again.

Diary of a Madman Quotes

Simon Cordier: Help me Father.
– Submitted by monsieur r (5 years ago)

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