Spoorloos (The Vanishing)
Spoorloos (The Vanishing) (1988)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 27, 1988
DVD Release Date: March 4, 1998
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Consensus: A clinical, maddening descent into the mind of a serial killer and a slowly unraveling hero, culminating with one of the scariest endings of all time.

Time Out

Sluizer's direction is seamless throughout, effortlessly juggling domesticity and damnation as it ploughs inexorably towards an appaling dénouement.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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Cole Smithey

[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.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

A brilliantly crafted intellectual thriller with a spring like a trap. It carries you down with it.

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Eric Melin

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.

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Rob Gonsalves

Worthy of Hitchcock.

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Graham Jones
Sluzier directs this thriller with Hitchcockian precision.
Jonathan Hutchings
Edgar Allen Poe once said that, without a traceable motive, anyone can commit murder with impunity. The Vanishing instantly made me think about this quote for… More
Randy Tippy
Captivating and depressing saga about a man who loses his girlfriend to a sociopathic serial killer. This is a very good film that will stick with you in a… More
Daniel Mumby
In my review of The Stepford Wives, I spoke about how an inadequate remake can often put audiences off seeing the original version of a given film. Whether… More
Dan Schultz
A brave, original thriller concerning an obsessed man (Gene Bervoets) desperate to discover how his girlfriend (Johanna ter Steege) disappeared three years ago… More