Spoorloos (The Vanishing)
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Based on Time Krabbe's The Golden Egg, The Vanishing is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller about a young man's search for his girlfriend after she disappears at a rest stop during a short trip. Over the course of three years, the man obsessively searches for her, using his spare time to put up posters and leave handbills, hoping that someone will give him a clue to the mystery surrounding her disappearance. The kidnapper, having watched the man for some time, is intrigued by his increasing obsession and finally contacts him. He then gives the man the opportunity to learn… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sluizer's direction is seamless throughout, effortlessly juggling domesticity and damnation as it ploughs inexorably towards an appaling dénouement."
‑ , Time Out
"Director George Sluizer unfolds his story with non-hysterical -- but nonetheless unnerving -- precision. Vanishing is refreshingly free of manipulative scenes involving running bath water, jagged-edge cutlery and bunnies in the saucepan."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The explanation is so darkly compelling-and ultimately so chilling-that The Vanishing has earned its reputation as one of the scariest non-horror movies ever made."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Exquisitely creepy."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Brilliant, unforgettable Dutch/French suspense flick."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Mr. Sluizer, whose direction has the spooky precision of nonfiction crime writing and whose matter-of-factness makes the characters seem quite real, builds a disturbing horror story from seemingly modest beginnings."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The movie advances in a tantalizing fashion, supplying information obliquely, suggesting as much as it tells, and everything leads up to a climax that is as horrifying as it is probably inevitable."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[VIDEO ESSAY] George Sluizer's spellbinding adaptation of Tim Krabbé's horror novella "The Golden Egg" is such an expertly layered suspense thriller than it serves as a textbook archetype of the genre."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Somewhat erie and efficient, but never really gets under your skin."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, eCinemaCenter.com
"An intense thriller."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"A brilliantly crafted intellectual thriller with a spring like a trap. It carries you down with it."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Sluizer adapted the film, but he takes a more non-linear approach than the book, which heightens the story at strategic moments to build suspense."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Worthy of Hitchcock."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A masterpiece of psychological horror"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Too, too chilling..."
‑ Luanne Brown, Chico Enterprise-Record
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