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The Possessed (1975)

La endemoniada (original title)
| Horror | May 1976 (USA)
A young girl becomes possessed by a woman from a witches cult, who seeks vengeance, terror, and confusion around her family and the town folks.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julián Mateos ...
Father Juan
Marián Salgado ...
Susan Barnes
Fernando Sancho ...
Police Chief
Lone Fleming ...
Anne Crawford
Ángel del Pozo ...
Mr. Barnes
Kali Hansa ...
Gypsy Witch
Daniel Martín ...
William Grant
Tota Alba ...
Mother Gautère
Roberto Camardiel ...
Managing Editor
María Kosty ...
Esther
Fernando Hilbeck ...
Doctor
Julia Saly ...
Barnes' maid (as La Pocha)
María Vidal ...
Simona Comodare - Mother of the first sacrificed child
Concha Gómez Conde ...
Mother of the kidnapped child
Ernesto Vañes
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An old witch seeks vengence through the daughter of the politician who had her thrown in jail. Soon the little girl's head is spinning around, and an old priest is called in to perform an exorcism. Written by Humberto Amador

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Lone Fleming, who plays Anne, and Maria Kosty, who plays Esther, also appeared in Amando de Ossorio's Blind Dead films 'Tombs of the Blind Dead' and 'Night of the Seagulls', respectively. See more »

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Boring and dull Exorcist rip-off from Spain
2 May 2003 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Spanish director Amando de Ossorio (RIP) is famous for his living dead templar horror films that began with "Tombs of the Blind Dead" in 1971. This film, "The Possessed" (1975), is a cash-in of William Friedkin's "The Exorcist" (1973) and a very bad one. It has a creepy looking teenage girl cursed by some witch or wannabe and then she naturally creates horror around her while her parents and authorities start to investigate a priest about exorcism, Satan and so on..There's nothing special or original in the plot, nor in the whole film either.

The film has two pretty scary looking actors and I mean the witch and the lead girl who both have the face required to play in this kind of Satanic tale. The old witch make-up is also convincing and these little things are almost the only positive things that can be said about this slow and tired piece of Spanish film.

The protagonist priest is the only one that has even a little depth in him as we get to learn something about his past. This is nice and gives also some potential to criticise some more or less hypocritic things that can be related to being a priest and denying one's human feelings and needs. But nothing is used so ambitiously, the priest only gets to develop slightly higher than the other characters but nothing else.

The special and horror effects are also very bad and few. There's no gore or on-screen carnage as usually in these films, only some very badly acted scenes of demonic violence and one rather pointless (off screen) castration commited by a devil. The atmosphere is only very rarely anything interesting, and practically always involves either the girl or the witch and their faces. One laughably bad "horror scene" is straightly from "The Exorcist" (among many other elements in the film) and has equally bad "trick effect" as Italian Joe D'Amato's exploitation sickie "Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals" from 1977.

The English dubbing is awful as well as some of the dialogue. The dialogue thinks the audience is very stupid and so every "important" thought of a character is said and spoken out so that nothing is left to the imagination, like "How the hell you have my voice?" as an example of this hilarious stupidity!

"The Possessed" is a very bad and uninteresting piece of horror film and definitely among the worst examples of "rip offs" in general. Only the very few things mentioned make this to the 2/10 level which means that I won't ever return to this film again but will keep on watching other films by the director who definitely is capable for more.


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