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The Oracle (1985)

R | | Crime, Horror | May 1985 (USA)
Murder victim's spirit reaches out from beyond the grave in an attempt to possess the body of a young woman who has moved into his old apartment.

Director:

Roberta Findlay

Writers:

R. Allen Leider (screenplay), R. Allen Leider (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Capers Powers ... Jennifer
Roger Neil Roger Neil ... Ray
Pam La Testa Pam La Testa ... Farkas
Victoria Dryden Victoria Dryden ... Dorothy Graham
Chris Maria De Koron Chris Maria De Koron ... Pappas
Dan Lutsky Dan Lutsky ... Tom Varney (as Dan Lutzky)
Stacey Graves Stacey Graves ... Cindy
G. Gordon Cronce G. Gordon Cronce ... Ben
Ethel Mark Ethel Mark ... Dr. Ryker
Alexandria Blade Alexandria Blade ... Tammy
Joan Leonard Joan Leonard ... Waitress
Irma St. Paule ... Mrs. Malatesta
Einar O. Peterson Einar O. Peterson ... Occult store owner
Lou Bacotti Lou Bacotti ... Drunk at Party
James Styles James Styles ... Mr. Graham
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Storyline

Jennifer and her husband move into an apartment formerly oocupied by an old gypsy medium and discover her automatic writing device The Oracle which she used to speak with the spirit world. Jennifer holds a housewarming party and with friends present contacts a murdered man who demands justice. The spirts terrorizes her and manipulates her into investigating his death. This makes her murderers, the man's ex-wife and business partner suspicious of Jennifer's motive and they re-hire the killer they used before to murder her... Written by <rleider@blackcatmedia.com>

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Jennifer was Desired and Then Seduced... Now the Horror Begins. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror

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Parker Brothers wouldn't let the filmmakers use their Ouija board in the movie, so director Roberta Findlay had to come up with the stone spirit hand instead. See more »

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Disposable horror trash, but not the epic-scale failure I was preparing for.
2 July 2010 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

A young couple rent a New York City apartment previously occupied by a strange elderly soothsayer. The wife plunders the deceased old lady's belonging and finds an oracle(a hand-shaped device used to communicate with the dead). She unwisely tests the item's power, gradually becoming a living instrument of revenge for a recent murder victim. As her involvement in the situation deepens, so does her frustration when her husband and friends express concern for her mental health...they dismiss her strange experiences as hallucinations, despite a rash of mysterious deaths taking place around them.

For a Roberta Findlay film, this one is actually not as spectacularly awful as it should be, and does manage to maintain interest and deliver some fairly gory moments. Standing on its own merits, however, it's a throwaway picture with typically staid performances(a couple of the secondary characters are commendably played, most notably the sadistic lesbian psychopath), and the special effects are...well...neither special nor effective.

Not recommendable, but beneath the crust of cheapness is a semi-worthy watch...*IF* you're willing to take a brain laxative and dumb yourself down for 90 minutes.

4/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El oráculo See more »

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Reeltime Corporation See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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