Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense: Season 1, Episode 6

In Possession (12 Jan. 1985)

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A couple on vacation in the English resort of Brighton see what appears to be the spirit of an old woman. Two years later, as they prepare to move out of their home, the spirits return.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Daly
Frank Daly
David Healy ...
Jack Mervyn (as David Healey)
Betty Mervyn
Mr. Donald Prentice
Vivienne Burgess ...
Mrs. Jessica Prentice
Brendan Price ...
Paranormal Research Scientist
Peter Bland ...
Policeman, Ted Wheeler
Hugh Sullivan ...
Marianne Stone ...
Woman Downstairs
Anthony Morton ...
Maitre D'
John D. Collins ...
Estate Agent
Carl Rigg ...
Hotel Manager
David Auker ...
Removal Man
Sarah Porter ...


A couple on vacation in the English resort of Brighton see what appears to be the spirit of an old woman. Two years later, as they prepare to move out of their home, the spirits return.

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Starts Off Strong But Falls Apart
30 December 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

In Possession (1984)

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A few chills are pretty much wasted in this episode from the Fox Mystery Theater. Frank and Sylvia Daly (Carol Lynley, Christopher Cazenove) are on a business meeting when they walk into their hotel room and notice an elderly woman and her daughter. It turns out these were spirits and two years later the couple are in a new home when they start to experience mysterious things. IN POSSESSION actually gets off to a pretty strong start as the pre-title sequence manages to be quite creepy. Director Val Guest manages to build up some nice suspense during the routine but effective opening but sadly the rest of the film just slowly falls apart. There are many problems with the movie but the majority of them can be blamed on the screenplay, which just runs out of ideas as it goes along. After a while you just get bored with the two people constantly "seeing" new items. These items include spirits, dead bodies, weird lights and other visual objects but they are never scary and after a while they just become boring. Obviously in a film like this there's going to be a big mystery that gets revealed but when it finally happens I really can't say that I was shocked or didn't see it coming. The film benefits from the two leads who offer up fine performances and the supporting cast isn't too bad either. Guest does what he can do inject some life into the story but after a while it's just one cliché after another.

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