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The Oracle (1985)

R | | Crime, Horror | May 1985 (USA)
Murder victim's spirit reaches out from beyond the grave in an attempt to possess the body of a young woman who has moved into his old apartment.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Capers Powers ...
Jennifer
Roger Neil ...
Ray
Pam La Testa ...
Farkas
Victoria Dryden ...
Dorothy Graham
Chris Maria De Koron ...
Pappas
Dan Lutsky ...
Tom Varney (as Dan Lutzky)
Stacey Graves ...
Cindy
G. Gordon Cronce ...
Ben
Ethel Mark ...
Dr. Ryker
Alexandria Blade ...
Tammy
Joan Leonard ...
Waitress
Irma St. Paule ...
Mrs. Malatesta
Einar O. Peterson ...
Occult store owner
Lou Bacotti ...
Drunk at Party
James Styles ...
Mr. Graham
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Jennifer and her husband move into an apartment formerly oocupied by an old gypsy medium and discover her automatic writing device The Oracle which she used to speak with the spirit world. Jennifer holds a housewarming party and with friends present contacts a murdered man who demands justice. The spirts terrorizes her and manipulates her into investigating his death. This makes her murderers, the man's ex-wife and business partner suspicious of Jennifer's motive and they re-hire the killer they used before to murder her... Written by <rleider@blackcatmedia.com>

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Crime | Horror

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Das Orakel  »

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Parker Brothers wouldn't let the filmmakers use their Ouija board in the movie, so director Roberta Findlay had to come up with the stone spirit hand instead. See more »

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8 November 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"The Oracle" isn't exactly what you'd call a masterpiece of horror, but it definitely surpassed my expectations and I can't deny having enjoyed it immensely. This movie is like a prototype of super-cheesy 80's horror, with silly plot lines and gooey special effects throughout the entire playtime. As long as you're an undemanding fan of the genre, it'll be pretty difficult NOT to enjoy it, actually. Quite a couple of low-budget 80's horror movies revolved on possession and spiritual media, and even though none of them are able to scare the crap out of you, they always deliver at least some bloody murders and/or atmospheric scenery. The ghostly medium in "The Oracle" is an ancient stone hand carrying the restless soul of a murdered businessman and possessing the life of a newlywed girl that moved in to the apartment where the eerie device was kept. The ghost forces Jennifer to seek contact with his widow as well as his murderers, but also eliminates everyone that tries to help the young woman getting rid of …The Hand. It's very good and original idea of the script to not only follow Jennifer but also the killers right from the beginning. Early in the film, we witness how a genuinely uncanny battleaxe (Pam La Testa) sadistically hacks up a prostitute. We have no idea who she (he?) is at that point, and it's only much later before Jennifer identifies her as one of the killers during a vision. I wouldn't go so far to call this idea intelligent, but it's certainly more creative than I'm used seeing of independent 80's splatter. The massacre of the prostitute is pretty graphic and disturbing, yet the other kills are delightfully cheesy. One guy stabs himself to death because he imagines monsters crawling over his skin, another victim is assaulted by a floating skull and another bloke even has his head clean torn off by a pair of green-clawed hands! It's rather peculiar to notice that Roberta Findlay directed this flick and even in the same year she also made "Tenement: Game of Survival". That movie is completely opposite in tone to "The Oracle", as it's raw and sickening exploitation centering on gang wars, rape & revenge, drug issues and urban decay. I guess Roberta just was a versatile filmmaker...


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