The Vanishing (Spoorloos)
The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (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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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

The appalling, horrific climax of The Vanishing will haunt your mind long after this film is over.

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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.

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A superb, spine-tingling achievement in suspense cinema.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It's a film that functions on curiosity rather than real interest (given the fact that the characters are thinly drawn and largely unsympathetic), yet in the end punishes the audience for wanting to have its questions answered.

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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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TV Guide

Through some fiendish alchemy, The Vanishing manages to scare people out of their wits more effectively than a legion of better-known horror films.

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Mark Kermode
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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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Sluizer inexorably and expertly draws us deeper into the mystery, exposing our own morbid curiosity in the process.

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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
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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