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The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

R  |   |  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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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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A Obsessão de Joel Delaney  »

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Demonic Doings in Manhattan

"The Possession of Joel Delaney" (1972) is a story of demonic possession, much on the order of "The Exorcist," but in many ways more believable. A young man, played by Perry King, has his body taken over by the soul of a serial killer. His sister, Shirley McLaine in one of her better performances, tries to find out why his behavior has so drastically changed, and her quest takes her into the Voodoo underground of Manhattan's Spanish Harlem. The plot develops slowly but builds to a powerful, unexpected finish in which McLaine and her two young children are lured to a secluded beach house and threatened by a knife wielding Perry. This includes one of the most shocking scenes involving a minor in American movies. I will not disclose the details of what the actor, ten year old David Elliot, is subjected to but it probably could not be filmed today in our more uptight, politically correct times, at least not with the same directness.

"The Possession of Joel Delaney" is not a better film than "The "Exorcist," but it is well worth watching and does manage to scare us without the use of gimmicks such as pea soup and revolving heads.


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