Diary of a Madman (1963) Reviewed

Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

DIARY OF A MADMAN ( 1963 )
This Vincent Price vehicle is based on a story by Guy de Maupassant about a 19th century lawyer who becomes possessed by the murdering spirit of a condemned maniac he accidentally kills. Price does a great nervous breakdown as we watch the man succumb to the power of what is explained as a cross-dimensional phantom(!) There’s a low death toll, but the first victim is his beloved pet canary which he crushes the life from with his bare hands. A ham-fisted script doesn’t detract from the strong story or good performances. There is a pretty hilarious “haunted sculpture” scene that provides more giggles than chills.
**1/2

~ by Number5ive on July 23, 2008.

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