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The Fury Within (1998)

A recently separated couple and their children are terrorized by paranormal events.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Hanlon
Mike Hanlon
Jodie Dry ...
Dr. Stephen Johnson
Vincent Berry ...
Jimmy Hanlon
Desmond Kelly ...
Willy Keller
Emily Borg ...
Patty Hanlon
Craig Marriott ...
Todd Simms
Deni Gordon ...
Miss Tish
Phillip Holder ...
Justin Reed (as Philip Holder)
Dr. Darryl Levine
Tom Betts ...
George Simms
Sandra Bell ...
Carol Simms
Franca Rubiu ...
Ana Roehas
Larisa Chen ...


A recently separated couple and their children are terrorized by paranormal events.

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Drama | Family | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some scenes of terror/violence | See all certifications »





Release Date:

28 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Bestie in Dir  »

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1.33 : 1
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A New Kind of Family Therapy
14 January 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Jimmy Hanlon (Vincent Berry), a child of about 10 years old, has gone through a number of recent traumas--he found a local man dead, possibly killed by a ferocious dog, and his parents are separated and probably getting divorced. He also is the center of some mild supernatural events that end up looking like vandalism, and which are interpreted by the adults in his life as him acting out his emotions. As the film goes on, the supernatural events heighten. Is Jimmy making the events happen somehow, or is something else occurring?

As long as you don't analyze the plot too much, The Fury Within is a decent made-for-television horror film. The supernatural events were quite engaging and more often than not suspenseful, and the effects were very respectable for a film that surely had a relatively small budget.

Another asset is that rather than just being a by-the-numbers shocker, The Fury Within is both literally and metaphorically an examination of typical problems encountered in family breakups due to divorce. The cast is decent to good, and all of the technical aspects, such as cinematography, sound, lighting, etc. are more than competent.

After you've watched the film, if you spend too much time trying to analyze plot points, some aspects of the script begin to fall apart--it's not very clear why some events happen to some characters, if the force behind the supernatural events is truly what the final revelation says it is, and some threads are dropped, but maybe that's not so important. The points here are really the casual entertainment value and the allegory about divorce.

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