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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Detective John Hobbes is searching for a criminal he's already met... already caught... and already killed. 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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite Warner Bros. titles usually having their pay cable debuts on HBO (since the two companies are owned by Time Warner), this film premiered on Starz due to a previous agreement with the film's producers. See more »


Hobbes and his nephew Sam arrive at Gretta's house at night while it's snowing out. As they enter the house, there is no snow on them. See more »


[first lines]
Azazel: I wanna tell you about the time I almost died...
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Referenced in Big Wolf on Campus: The Pleasantville Strangler (1999) See more »


Sympathy For The Devil
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of Abkco Records
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Wonderful Ride
21 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the best I have seen in a very long time! With the excellence of actors such as; John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, and Denzel Washington, how could this movie go wrong? All three of these actors give the best performance I have seen from them. The story line is fast-paced and exciting, with enough twists and turns that even the most seasoned movie-goer will be surprised at what will come next. I was awed by the imaginative way that the catch phrase, "Time is on my side" was used. Anytime I hear it now, I remember that movie. I believe, if it can make a moviegoer remember it like that, it is a great movie! I am anxiously awaiting the sequel!

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