Diary of a Madman Reviews
Other than that, best ignored.
Madman Price gets religion in the last quarter of the film, so Jesus turns his life around, or at least the crucifix helps.
The film centers on Simon Cordier (Vincent Price), a French magistrate and amateur sculptor who comes into contact with a malevolent entity. The invisible - yet corporeal - being, called a "horla" is capable of limited psychokinesis and complete mind control.
Says the NY Times reviewer in 1963:
"Though the riveting Price (whose very presence can enliven even the most dismal of horror duds) does an admirable job as the tormented Cordier, he is unable to bear the ponderous weight of this tedious production."
NOTES about the film:
1 The screenplay, written by producer Robert Kent, is an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's short story "Le Horla" ("The Horla"), written in 1887.
2 Kent's rendition is notably divergent from the source material, especially in relation to the religious and moral themes of the film, which contradict not only those of the short story, but Maupassant's as well.
3 As his and others' lives are put in jeopardy, he (Price) becomes convinced of the horla's existence and decides drastic measures are needed to end the horla's evil.
Vincent Price as Simon Cordier
Nancy Kovack as Odette Mallotte DuClasse
Chris Warfield as Paul DuClasse
Elaine Devry as Jeanne D'Arville
Ian Wolfe as Pierre, Cordier's Butler
Stephen Roberts as Captain Robert Rennedon
Lewis Martin as Fr. Raymonde
Mary Adams as Louise, Cordier's Cook
Joseph Ruskin as The Horla (voice)
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Produced by Robert Kent
Written by Robert Kent
Music by Richard LaSalle
Cinematography Ellis W. Carter
Editing by Grant Whytock
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) March 6, 1963 (U.S.)
July 12 (Finland)
August 26 (Sweden)
Running time 96 minutes
Eventualy Simon meets invisible being called "Horla", who is capable of limited psychokinesis and complete mind control. Simon discovers that, controled by horla, he shows same simptoms as prisouner, so he tries to solve problem as soon as possible. He started to write diary about how he feeles when he think he is opsessed. And he also started visiting psychotherapeuthist who advised him to start doing sculpturing again.
Simon suddenly start feeling better, eventualy he found a model Odette Mallotte DuClasse (Nancy Kovack), who is married to young artist, but accepts to work for Simon. After they finished aranged modeling job, Horla gets back to Simons life, making him to kill Odette.
Simon, aware of what is Horla capable of, starts writing his last sentences in diary where he apoints that he will finish with this madness once and for all.
COMMENTS: Tittle: DIary of a Madman actually leaves huge controversion to the movie, knowing that it presents state of mind of person who is called as mad, however, it can really point to question was he mad or actualy one and only rational person in the movie.
Not such a hard part for Vincent, doing what he usualy does, playinmg between good and evil, but never just one. A large influence of Corman and E.A. Poe, who never gave enough fiction so you could positivly say that novel is fiction or not.
Allways good to watch him!