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The Power (1984)

R | | Horror | 20 January 1984 (USA)
A few people come into possession of an ancient Aztec doll. However, the doll is possessed by an evil spirit, which takes over their bodies.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzy Stokey ... Sandy (as Susan Stokey)
Warren Lincoln Warren Lincoln ... Jerry
Lisa Erickson Lisa Erickson ... Julie
Chad Christian Chad Christian ... Tommy
Ben Gilbert Ben Gilbert ... Matt
J. Dinan Myrtetus J. Dinan Myrtetus ... Francis Lott
Stan Weston Stan Weston ... Professor Wilson
Chris Morrill Chris Morrill ... Ron Prince
Rod Mays Rod Mays ... Lee McKennah
Alice Champlin Alice Champlin ... Roxanne
Juan del Valle Juan del Valle ... Jeep Driver
Gabe Cohen Gabe Cohen ... Marty
Jackie Cowgill Jackie Cowgill ... Mrs. Lawrence
James Gilchrist James Gilchrist ... Bill Hopkins
Brian Grayson Brian Grayson ... Mark
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A few people come into possession of an ancient Aztec doll. However, the doll is possessed by an evil spirit, which takes over their bodies.

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It is destiny and destruction. It is ancient fear and a perilous promise. It is THE POWER. When will mankind learn ... it can not be destroyed? See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Intruder See more »

Filming Locations:

Redondo Beach, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Sandy leaves her bedroom (after having a nightmare), a man with a beard can be seen in the mirror on the door. See more »

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Referenced in Rhinestone (1984) See more »

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Mundane plot, but lacks most low-budget cheesiness...(spoilers)
17 October 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from this film, but was eager to try something which I initially thought would primarily be an early 80s teen horror. Although three teens are somewhat critical plot, it is by no means a teen horror film.

'The Power' is about a little Aztec idol that exchanges many hands as its possessor (who must be adult and thus, 'corrupted') becomes the vessel for unleashing all of the idol's evil, and often with deadly implications for not only the victims of the possessor, but of the possessor himself. After making several exchanges in vying over control of this thing, three teenagers wind up finding it and can't figure out what it is, except that since they found it, strange and dangerous things are afoot. They offer to explain the situation to a news reporter who doesn't buy into the spiritual bologna. Although, it is her producer who wants to investigate further, especially if it means he can get control of the idol (I presume the teens are even not yet corrupted enough to feel the dangerous desires encouraged by the idol). It is a story told a thousand times, particularly in 1950s and 60s horror and science fiction fare.

This one was at least, for me, able to sustain some interest. Though low budget, it was not done so obviously cheaply or loaded with bad acting as many of the low-budget, come-and-go horror fare of the earlier decades had (nowadays, they have the same cheesy qualities, but bigger budgets). We are spare enough of it to at least allow ourselves an opportunity to become at least a little bit absorbed with the eerie atmosphere and so forth, despite a story of clichés. And, though not terribly gory, the special effects were done nicely.

Again, it is routine horror tale, especially with the ending (which by modern standards has become a device that is annoyingly overused), but one that is not so embarrassingly bad. It might be worth checking out, even if just for laughs.


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