Diary of a Madman (1963)
A film directed by Reginald Le Borg

Genre: Horror / Crime / Drama / Fantasy / Thriller

Film Review

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Diary of a Madman gave Vincent Price yet another opportunity to indulge in his favourite pastime of revelling in over-the-top camp villainy but, saddled with a lacklustre script and directed with little in the way of flair, it struggles to earn a place alongside Price's other horror outings. The stories of Guy de Maupassant, most notably La Horla, provided the barebones of a storyline, which somehow ended up as lumbering crime melodrama which is largely bereft of horror and totally lacking in charm. The drab set design points to a derisory budget but what really lets the show down is Reginald Le Borg's stilted direction, which expunges any drama and atmosphere from the piece. Ever the committed pro, Price does his best with the material he is given and his performance is actually one of his best, but with generally feeble support from his co-stars and no help whatever from his director, his efforts are mostly wasted. Diary of a Madman had the potential to be a riveting and deeply disturbing little chiller, but starved of attention in almost every department it barely manages to be a lukewarm timewaster.
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Film Credits

Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Starring: Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, Chris Warfield, Elaine Devry, Ian Wolfe
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