The Sender

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"He has the power to make you live his nightmares... And he's dreaming about you."
  • R
  • 1982
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.0  (2,180)

The Sender is a supernatural thriller from 1982 that follows a young man named John Doe (Zeljko Ivanek) who has been institutionalized for attempting to commit suicide. However, while John is being treated by Dr. Gail Farmer (Kathryn Harrold), she begins experiencing strange visions that seem to be connected to John's troubled past. As Gail tries to unravel the mystery surrounding John and his supernatural abilities, she soon discovers that there is more to his story than meets the eye.

The film opens with a harrowing suicide attempt, as John tries to jump off a building. He is eventually rescued but is found to be suffering from amnesia, and can't remember anything about his life before his suicide attempt. As he is sent to a mental institution for observation, Dr. Gail Farmer is tasked with determining the root cause of John's suicidal tendencies.

Soon after his arrival, strange things begin to happen around John, including unexplainable psychic outbursts that cause people around him to convulse and even die. Gail is skeptical of these visions at first, but as they continue to become more violent and frequent, she realizes that John is somehow connected to the supernatural.

As Gail digs deeper into John's past, she discovers that he was part of a government experiment that aimed to enhance telekinetic abilities in soldiers. John was one of several soldiers who underwent this treatment, but something went wrong, leading to his current state of being.

At the same time, Gail's own personal life is unraveling, as she struggles to balance her career with her emotionally distant husband and rebellious teenage daughter. All of these factors come to a head in a final showdown between John and Gail, as they face off against the government officials who created the telekinetic experiment that destroyed John's life.

The Sender is a unique take on the supernatural thriller genre, as it focuses heavily on the psychological trauma that can come with supernatural abilities. Rather than being a superhero or a savior, John is a tragic figure, whose powers have caused him immense pain and suffering. This theme is explored further through Gail's own struggles with her life and career, which serve to highlight the idea that even those who seem to have it all can be struggling internally.

The film is anchored by strong performances from its cast, particularly Zeljko Ivanek, who gives a haunting and powerful portrayal of John. Kathryn Harrold also shines as Gail, bringing a quiet strength to the role that makes her a formidable match for John.

One of the most striking aspects of The Sender is its use of dreamlike imagery and atmosphere to build tension and suspense. The film's director, Roger Christian, uses his background in art and design to create a visually stunning world that is as eerie as it is beautiful.

Overall, The Sender is a must-see for fans of the supernatural thriller genre, as it offers a unique take on the theme of psychic abilities and explores the darker, more psychological side of this type of story. With strong performances and striking visuals, it is a film that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

The Sender is a 1982 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

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    6.0  (2,180)