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½ January 19, 2017
There's a decent story at its core, but it's not really executed all that interestingly.
October 24, 2016
Very well done horror/thriller of a suicidal amnesiac in a mental hospital under observation. It turns out he is telepathic and can force his delusions on others.

Lots of suspense, and very well acted. The ending was predictable but satisfying.
August 29, 2014
Simply one of my favorite movies of all time and has been since I first saw it at age 14 so many years ago. One of the creepiest and eeriest stories, revolving around an absolutely chilling relationship of a mother who believes her son to be divine, THE SENDER assumes a simple idea that a man can transmit his nightmares to others and creates a patient weave of characters and events that keeps the skin crawling, the eyes popping, the brain twisting and the quiet motif of expectation brewing. Tragic, weird, sweet, haunting, original...THE SENDER is simply one of my GEMS.
June 21, 2014
A solid little entry in the "telepathic horror" subgenre, complete with some effectively chilling moments of hallucinogenic imagery. Harrold plays the leading role with utter conviction, Ivanek manages to be both creepy and sympathetic (and also more than a little Matt Damon-ish), and Knight and Freeman lend credible support to the proceedings. THE SENDER is quite well directed by Christian, with some interesting staging throughout; how he could go on to helm the utterly incomprehensible mess that is BATTLEFIELD EARTH is head-scratching. Also of note is Trevor Jones' score, which captures a lyrical-yet-unsettling tone. The movie bogs down significantly as it heads towards its climax instead of ramping up, which is a little disappointing, but up until that point, THE SENDER does fairly well what it sets out to do.
Super Reviewer
August 28, 2013
A genuinely creepy horror flick. The mental patients are especially creepy. The whole telepathic story is good, although it starts out slow and confusing. I liked this one.
January 29, 2013
TV MOVIE. Entertaining sci fi thriller about a man who transfers his fears to the minds of others. I love that it was all done in camera without the use of digital poo effects.
October 11, 2011
tension builds up slowly to become a film that makes the audience think.
½ July 16, 2011
Well-made and pretty original back then. Good cast, nice setting, spooky showdown. Yep, can't praise this enough.
April 23, 2011
Stephen King-esque thriller about a suicidal man whose dreams are transformed into reality. Slow moving but nicely shot and featuring the film debut of Zelijko Ivanek (who was great on 24 as Andre Drazen).
March 21, 2011
20 minutes of this film was more then enough. A poor 80s film! April 22, 2010
April 22, 2010
20 minutes of this film was more then enough. A poor 80s film!
Super Reviewer
April 22, 2010
well this isnt a shock!! its boring, got 25mins in and couldnt watch any more really borin wouldnt recommend it!!
½ September 19, 2009
Pretty good little known British thriller from the early 80s. It's about a guy who is sent to a mental institution after trying to drown himself, and while there, the female psychiatrist who looks after him starts experiencing his nightmares. Some clever scenes and decent acting make this a pretty entertaining film.
August 18, 2009
tension builds up slowly to become a film that makes the audience think.
January 2, 2009
not a bad film but not a really great one either
½ September 23, 2008
Bizarre little horror flix which is fairly engaging even though it is a bit confused & muddled
September 16, 2008
Fairly solid movie though it's a bit too slow-moving and I don't really feel that it lives up to its potential.
July 22, 2008
not bad but very slow. could've been much scarier
½ July 12, 2008
This little-seen 80's thriller starts out atmospheric & intriguing, then slides into a confused, muddled mess. Nice to see Paul Freeman (Belloq from Raiders of the Lost Ark) in a supporting role. [Two decades later, director Roger Christian would be solicited for Battlefield Earth.]
½ March 29, 2008
What an incredibly underrated film! If you liked CARRIE or ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, this is a very effective and unlikely blend of both.
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