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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Art
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Charles
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Charles' Killer
Ronn Munro ...
Mini Golf Owner
Cynthia Hayden ...
Society Woman
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Society Man
Tony Michael Donnelly ...
Toby
Tara Carnes ...
Teenage Girl
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Storyline

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 <benborg@mediaone.net>

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Detective John Hobbes is searching for a criminal he's already met... already caught... and already killed. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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16 January 1998 (USA)  »

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$10,401,586 (USA) (19 January 1998)

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$25,188,006 (USA) (22 March 1998)
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The 'demon vision' footage in the film was shot using a film stock called Ektachrome, which is developed for stills photography. Additionally, the scenes were all shot at 6fps and printed at 24fps, meaning each frame is exposed four times. Coupled with camera movements, this technique gives a blurred/streaky quality. A mesmerizer lens was also used, which allows the camera operator to cock the lens several degrees to the left or right. See more »

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When Hobbes gets up from Art's bed after noticing the lettering on his chest under his unbuttoned shirt, a wide-angle shot shows Art's pajama shirt re-buttoned again. See more »

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[first lines]
Azazel: I wanna tell you about the time I almost died...
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References The First Power (1990) See more »

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Time Is On My Side
Written by Jerry Ragovoy (as Jerry Ragovoy)
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham (as Andrew Oldham)
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Abkco Records
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Overlooked movie
11 July 2005 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This is a psychological thriller with every ingredient you could ever want for a great movie-experience in that genre. Denzel Washington acts brilliantly as the highly renowned detective Hobbes who's in for quite an experience. Co-actors, including John Goodman, Donald Sutherland and James Gandolfini also shine in this movie. Great acting, a story full of suspense and surprises, great score and some nerve-rattling scenes makes this a perfect movie worth buying for your collection. It's not only a great murder-mystery detective movie, but it probes deeper into the realms of faith, religion, philosophy and imagination and thus stands out as a movie more memorable than most. If you like "Seven" and "The Ninth Gate", you're certainly gonna like this one. I've seen it at least 6 times.


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