Spoorloos (1988)

Netherlands, France,
107m
35mm film, colour, 1.66:1
mono

A Dutch horror film directed by George Sluizer.

Plot Summary

When his girlfriend Saskia vanishes at a busy service station while on holiday, Rex dedicates the next three years to finding her. Then he starts receiving postcards claiming to be from from her abductor, promising to finally tell him what happened to her…

Credits

Crew
Directed by: George Sluizer
© 1988 Golden Egg Film C.V.
Argos Films, Golden Egg, Ingrid Productions, MGS Film, Movie Visions
Producers: Anne Lordon, George Sluizer
Adapted by: George Sluizer
Novel: The Golden Egg by Tim Krabbé
Director of Photography: Toni Kuhn
Editors: Lin Friedman, George Sluizer
Music by: Henny Vrienten
Sound: Piotr van Dijk
Costume Designer: Sophie Dussaud
Make Up: Léone Noël
Hair: Beppie van den Berg
Art Director: Santiago Isidro Pin
Art Director (Holland): Cor Spijk

Cast
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu (Raymond Lemorne)
Gene Bervoets (Rex Hofman)
Johanna ter Steege (Saskia Wagter)
Gwen Eckhaus (Lieneke)
Bernadette Le Saché (Simone Lemorne)
Tania Latarjet (Denise Lemorne)
Lucille Glenn (Gabrielle ‘Gaby' Lemorne)
Roger Souza (manager)
Caroline Appéré (cashier)
Pierre Forget (farmer Laurent)
Didier Rousset (TV journalist)
Raphaeline (Gisele Marzin)
Robert Lucibello (teacher)
David Bayle (Lemorne aged 16)
Doumée (Lady ‘Prisunic')
Eric Jacquet, Aziz Djahnit (pump attendants)
Linda Wise, Ian Magilton (English tourists)
Mieke De Groote (Belgian tourist)
Jean Grandeau (German tourist)
Faustine Wünsche (little girl)

Alternative Titles

Desaparecida – Spain
L'Homme qui voulait savoir – France
Kadonnut – Finland
Il mistero della donna scomparsa – Italy
O Silêncio do Lago – Brazil
Spurlos verschwunden
– West Germany
The Vanishing
– UK, US (advertising title)

Remake
The Vanishing (1993)

Extracts included in
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003)
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004)

References

Books

  • 100 Cult Films by Ernest Mathijs & Xavier Mendik pp.217-218 – review by EM [Ernest Mathijs]
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.441
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.542
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer's Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.38
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.194-196