Diary of a Madman (1962)

35mm film, Technicolor, 1.66:1
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

An American horror film directed by Reginald Le Borg.

Plot Summary

A magistrate falls under an evil influence that leads him to commit murder.


Director: Reginald Le Borg
Admiral Pictures
Producer: Robert E. Kent
Screenplay: Robert E. Kent
Original Stories: Guy de Maupassant
Assistant Director: Al Westen
Director of Photography: Ellis Carter
Editor: Grant Whytock
Music: Richard La Salle
Sound: Ralph Butler
Costumes: Marjorie Corso
Art Director: Daniel Haller
Set Decorator: Victor Gangelin

Vincent Price (Simon Cordier)
Nancy Kovack (Odette)
Chris Warfield (Paul)
Elaine Devry (Jeanne)
Stephen Roberts (Rennedon)
Lewis Martin (priest)
Ian Wolfe (Pierre)
Edward Colmans (Andre)
Mary Adams (Louise)
Harvey Stephens (Girot)
Nelson Olmsted (Dr Borman)
Joseph Ruskin (The Horla)

Alternative Titles

Diario de un loco – Spain
L'Étrange histoire du juge Cordier – France
The Horla
To imerologio enos trellou
– Greece
Egy orült naplója
– Hungary

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Demons (1996)



  • Castle of Frankenstein 1967 Annual p.39
  • The Daily Cinema no.8844 (27 November 1963) p.7 – review
  • The Film Daily vol.122 no.44 (6 March 1963) p.7 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.205 no.4 (6 March 1969) p.3 – credits, review
  • Kine Weekly no.2930 (28 November 1963) p.16 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.31 no.360 (January 1964) p.9 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.229 no.5 (6 March 1963) p.763 – review
  • Variety 13 March 1963 – credits, synopsis, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.153
  • The Films of Vincent Price by Iain F. McAsh pp.20; 43
  • Merchant of Menace: The Life and Films of Vincent Price by Denis Meikle pp.177-179; 362
  • by Walt Lee p.102 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.151-152
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.173-174
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.108-110 – illustrated review (by Pedro de Queiroz)
  • Vincent Price: The Art of Fear by Denis Meikle pp.97-100; 224-225
  • Vincent Price Unmasked by James Robert Parish and Steven Whitney pp.116; 217-218
  • Women in the Horror Films of Vincent Price by Jonathan Malcolm Lampley p.191