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The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

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
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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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Norah Benson, an affluent socialite living in the upper east side of New York, seems to be living the perfect life as a divorced mother of two. After her mothers suicide, she becomes a mother figure in the close relationship she has with her younger brother Joel Delany. However, Joel begins to a act very unusually: he tries to attack a man, has to be restrained to a mental asylum, and begins to loose his usual free-spirited kindness in exchange for a turbulent personality. After witnessing the acts of her brother and finally breaking down the shield of her affluence and naivety, Norah seeks the help of a spiritismo who will attempt to exorcise the spirit of a murderer they believe to be possessing Joel. But before they can attempt to help her, Norah's brother quickly turns on her, threatening her own life and the lives of her children.

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

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24 May 1972 (USA)  »

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A Obsessão de Joel Delaney  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Pre-dating the release of The Exorcist (1973) this film is considered among genre fans to be one of the first films to deal with the theme of possession. See more »

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An effectively done spiritual thriller
25 January 2000 | by (Bronx, New York City.) – See all my reviews

This is a sharp supernatural thriller worth seeking out. The pace may be a little slow for some, but those who are patient will be pleased with the use of their virtue. Shirley MacLaine plays a Manhattan socialite who realizes that her brother has in some way changed. For example he now practices the Santaria religion, he speaks very good Spanish, and his health is not quite the same. MacLaine is then warned that her brother may be slowly becoming possessed by the spirit of a Spanish decapitator. Not knowing what or who to believe, she dives into the world of the Santaria faith in an attempt to get some answers on what is happening to her brother. As time goes on, the danger increases and getting the answers she seeks may prove to be fatal. Director Warris Hussein does a good job in building the suspense for the viewer and creating a frightening atmosphere to those who are not familiar with Santaria. The performances, lead as well as supporting, are first rate especially Perry King (who plays the brother) who is truly frightening towards the film's conclusion. This is very well done, and highly recommended.


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