Nightmares : a frightening or unpleasant dream or sleeping dreams that reflect our bases fears.
No shit Sherlock. If you watch THE SENDER, Roger Christian’s psychological thrill ride, you would also add that they are constant assualts on the sufferer. Though in the case of this film, the sufferer also is able to project these nightmares onto others, in some form of epi action. John Doe # 83 (Zeljko Ivanek) tried to commit suicide. He is saved and then declared insane. Sent to an institute for study, Dr. Gail Farmer (Kathryn Harrold) tries to coax out of him anything that could identify him. However as she prodes and poaks, waking nightmare cause her to question what he could actually be.
I cant say that I have seen THE SENDER prior to the Arrow release. I have seen some great Dream based films. BAD DREAMS, DREAMSCAPE and the like. Some of these films play on the dream, movie, video game diffusion of visual image, imagination and their closeness. Others dealt in the abstract idea of fears and truths, which was often unable to grasp the unreal with the real. THE SENDER is a third, as yet uncharted idea. The idea of projection and protection from others knowing just a bit too much. One of the ability for our self or ego, to be defined by projection and how that becomes poisonous in longer forms or packed tight into small form. Its clever in a way. Keeping the narrative and the viewer together. It also lacks in otehr places. By informing us of the crux of a story and then doubling up on events, we expect a lot. Sadly it never executes all of this perfectly.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- High Definition (1080p) Blu-Ray presentation
- Original uncompressed stereo audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary by director Roger Christian
- Newly-filmed interview with screenwriter Tom Baum
- Newly-filmed appreciation by critic Kim Newman
- Deleted scenes from the screenplay, including the original ending
- Theatrical trailer
- Image gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Luke Insect
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alan Jones and an excerpt from the novelisation by Tom Baum