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Fallen (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  16 January 1998 (USA)
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Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles' Killer
Ronn Munro ...
Mini Golf Owner
Cynthia Hayden ...
Society Woman
Society Man
Tony Michael Donnelly ...
Tara Carnes ...
Teenage Girl


Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel. Written by Ben Borg <>

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Time is on my side.... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poseídos  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,401,566 (USA) (16 January 1998)


£981,247 (UK) (27 March 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In post production, the film was processed by using a technique known as ENR, which deepens shadows and lightens highlights, but doesn't alter any primary colors. See more »


When (after about 78 minutes) Hobbes enters Stanton's office, Stanton is hanging up the phone. In the next cut, when Hobbes sits down, Stanton is hanging up the phone once again See more »


[first lines]
Azazel: I wanna tell you about the time I almost died...
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References The Haunting (1963) See more »


Excerpts from Nan Jing 1937
Written by Dun Tan
Used by permission of G. Schirmer, Inc.
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Legitimately Creepy
27 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This gets good marks simply because it is such an interesting, involving story that hooks you right away and every time you watch it and doesn't overwhelm you with violence and gore.

Denzel Washington is appealing as always as the good guy and John Goodman is surprisingly low-key for most of the movie. All the characters are very interesting and the special effects are creepy.

The story is pure "Hollywood theology" mean also means the characters - include the heroes - in here have no clue about God or the purpose of life. Believability-aside, it film provides excellent entertainment. The visuals are decent and sound-effects are chilling in spots. As the demon sees through the eyes of people and passes by with these "whoosh" sounds, it's very effective. As mentioned, the film doesn't need a lot of violence to succeed with it's horror-type tale.

One note about the final scene. It isn't exactly clear on a couple of points so if you get confused, you aren't alone.

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