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The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

 -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  24 May 1972 (USA)
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A woman begins to suspect that her brother is possessed by a voodoo spirit.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Norah Benson
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Joel Delaney
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Peter Benson
Lisa Kohane ...
Carrie Benson
Lovelady Powell ...
Erika
Barbara Trentham ...
Sherry
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Veronica
Edmundo Rivera Álvarez ...
Don Pedro (as Edmundo Rivera Alvarez)
Teodorina Bello ...
Mrs. Perez
Robert Burr ...
Ted Benson
Ernesto Gonzalez ...
Young Man at Seance
Peter Turgeon ...
Detective Brady
William Hawley
Aukie Herger ...
Mr. Perez
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Charles (as Earl Hyman)
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A woman begins to suspect that her brother is possessed by a voodoo spirit.

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If you believe, no explanation is necessary. If you don't believe, no explanation is possible.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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24 May 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Obsessão de Joel Delaney  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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The film was bashed by critics upon release because of the disturbing scene where a young boy is forced to strip. In a 2004 Entertainment Weekly article author Stephen King cited the movie while addressing issues of censorship. King said had The Possession of Joel Delaney been released today it would be rated NC-17 for that scene alone. See more »

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Excellent. Just blew me away!
1 January 2013 | by (Santa Monica, California) – See all my reviews

The Possession of Joel Delaney is from an era of filmmaking that cannot be done today. There is a certain casualness in the acting and filming that is strictly a product of 1970's films. Yes, there are moments that seem slightly unpolished which is exactly what makes some of these films from that era so interesting.

This film is a perfect example of a type of film that Hollywood can longer produce.

Norah Benson is a society lady in New York amongst the upper middle class and attends parties with pretentious people. However, one of these socialites is a friend who tries to help her brother who may be possessed by a serial killer.

The acting is excellent by everyone. Everyone looks good without being too perfect. But the atmosphere in the scenes, the believable characters are what make the film. You really feel that these people are their characters. The tension in the end keeps you on the edge of your seat. Don't miss this.


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