The Sender

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The Sender
Promotional poster for The Sender
Directed by Roger Christian
Produced by Edward S. Feldman
Written by Thomas Baum
Starring Kathryn Harrold
Zeljko Ivanek
Shirley Knight
Music by Trevor Jones
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Edited by Alan Strachan
Distributed by United International Pictures (UK, theatrical)
Paramount Pictures (USA, theatrical)
Release dates 1982
Running time 91 min
Country UK
Language English

The Sender is a 1982 horror film directed by Roger Christian and written by Thomas Baum.


A young man has just been admitted to a mental hospital after attempting suicide at a public beach. Unable to remember even his own name, the doctors call him John Doe #83. Soon after his arrival, the doctor assigned to him begins seeing and hearing things around her that have no explanation. Soon she begins to make the terrifying connection between the things she is seeing and her new patient.



The film was given a limited release theatrically in the United States by Paramount Pictures in October 1982. It grossed $1,054,328 at the box office.[1]

Paramount Pictures licensed the film to Legend Films for a DVD release in 2008.[2]

On the commentary track for the DVD release of Hot Fuzz, Quentin Tarantino described The Sender as his favorite horror film of 1982.[3]


  1. ^ "The Sender". Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  2. ^ "The Sender (DVD)". Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  3. ^ Cole, Andrew (January 14, 2008). "Every film mentioned by Edgar Wright and Quentin Tarantino in their Hot Fuzz commentary track". Tysto. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Returning to Sender" by John Nicol, Fangoria magazine #318, November 2012, pages 64-66. Interview of director Roger Christian. Three-page article has seven photos. In the interview, he says he would be interested in doing a remake and discusses Quentin Tarantino's interest in the film.

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