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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)


$25,188,006 (USA) (20 March 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original screenplay, the role of Gretta Milano (Embeth Davidtz) was originally two characters - Gretta and an elderly sage named Maude who knew much more about Azazel than Gretta. In this version of the story, the cabin in the woods scene was Maude's home. 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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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Innocence (1998) See more »


Written and Performed by Robert Wait
Published by Robert Wait Music
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8 March 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A chilling psychological thriller, that is cleverly written and superbly portrayed.

This film is not for everyone, you'll need patience and a real thirst for a good thriller. This film will play with your mind, it won't cover the screen with visuals and gore; that's why it works.

Sit back and be absorbed by the story, be amazed by the cast, and be shocked by the climax.

Warning, if you bore easily stay away, if you love a mind bending thriller; you won't find many better.

Fantastic and clever 9/10

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