Diary of a Madman
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Written by Robert E. Kent from a story by Guy de Mauspassant
Robert E. Kent Productions
This film with its invisible Horla definitely does not live up to the hype on the poster.
Magistrate Simon Cordier (Vincent Price) is well-known for his compassion and fairness. Unfortunately, he rejects the pleas of a prisoner, who happens to be possessed by a murderous Horla, to escape the guillotine. The Horla leaves the prisoner’s corpse for the magistrate’s body. The magistrate is left to be his unwilling but helpless instrument of death.
Price is always good but this horror films suffers from a distinct lack of scares. If you were to look at it as a psychological study, which I did not, it would probably fare better.