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The Possession of Joel Delaney

  • 1971
  • Waris Hussein
  • 100 mins
  • X

Summary

Supernatural horror starring Shirley MacLaine. When wealthy divorcee Norah Benson invites her unstable brother to stay with her, his mood swings soon cause concern. As his behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, Norah reluctantly acknowledges that sinister forces might be at work.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

For some, this occult thriller, based on a novel by Ramona Stewart, was superior to The Exorcist, but time has not been kind and it now feels ponderously slow, while its modishly violent climax seems to belong to another film. Through the eyes of his wealthy sister Shirley MacLaine, we see the gradual disintegration of Perry King, possessed by the spirit of a Puerto Rican psychopath with a penchant for decapitation. The horror is dignified by social comment - antagonism between the haves and have-nots - although the message is garbled, possibly by what appear to be last-minute cuts. But the script and performances are strong enough for fans of the genre to make allowances.

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Credits

Cast

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Norah BensonShirley MacLaine
Joel DelaneyPerry King
Justin LorenzMichael Hordern
Don PedroEdmundo Rivera Alvarez
Ted BensonRobert Burr
VeronicaMiriam Colon
Peter BensonDavid Elliott
Tonio PerezJosé Fernandez

Crew

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DirectorWaris Hussein

Details

Theatrical distributor
Scotia Barber
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains some violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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