The Clairvoyant (1982 film)

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The Clairvoyant
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Directed byArmand Mastroianni
Produced byRobert Di Milia
Edgar Lansbury
Written byArmand Mastroianni
B. Jonathan Ringkamp
StarringPerry King
Elizabeth Kemp
Kenneth McMillan
Jon Polito
Music byAlexander Peskanov
Edited byDavid E. McKenna
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox
Release date
  • October 24, 1982 (1982-10-24) (France)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Clairvoyant (also known as The Killing Hour) is a 1982 American mystery film directed by Armand Mastroianni and starring Perry King, Norman Parker, and Elizabeth Kemp. The plot follows a New York City detective and his friend who pursue a mysterious "handcuff killer" with the aid of an artist who sees— and draws— the killer's crimes before they're committed.

While not prosecuted for obscenity, the film was seized and confiscated in the UK under Section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 during the video nasty panic.


After the body of murdered woman is found, nude and handcuffed, floating down the Hudson River in New York, a string of murders occur by an unseen serial killer who kills men by handcuffing them before killing them. Mac, a TV talk-show host, and Larry, a police detective, team up to try to find the killer and seek help from Virna, a clairvayant young artist, who draws visions of the murders before they happen. As Mac and Larry try to establish a connection between the victims and the first female victim, who may have been sexually involved all of the male victims, Virna's further visions begin to point to her as the next victim as she unknowingly closes in on the killer's identity.


  • Perry King as Paul 'Mac' McCormack
  • Elizabeth Kemp as Virna Nightbourne
  • Norman Parker as Det. Larry Weeks
  • Kenneth McMillan as Det. Cullum
  • Jon Polito as Det. Sporaco
  • Joe Morton as Det. Rich
  • Barbara Quinn as Muriel
  • Antone Pagán as Willie Gonzalez
  • Thomas DeCarlo as Teddy Gallagher
  • Lou Bedford as Werner Armstrong
  • David Ramsey as Burt Johnson
  • Tom Stechschulte as Jim Dearden
  • Louisa Flaningam as Leanna
  • Olivia Negron as Betty Mercer
  • Steve Beauchamp as Harvey Dean
  • Robert Kerman as Medical Examiner


The Clairvoyant was originally purchased by Twentieth Century Fox in 1982, but was not given a theatrical release in the United States. It did, however, receive a theatrical release in France. It was released in 1984 on home video by CBS/Fox, and was later released on DVD in a never-before-seen director's cut by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 2000.

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