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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

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 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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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 »

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Crime | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Orakel See more »

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Reeltime Corporation See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Watchable junk.
4 October 2014 | by Scott LeBrunSee all my reviews

Jennifer (Caroline Capers Powers) is a young woman who moves with husband Ray (Roger Neil) into an apartment formerly occupied by a medium. She finds the womans' planchet and is able to make contact with a restless spirit. Naturally, this spirit wants to use her for vengeance' sake. Jennifer is able to see images of the people that killed the man, including a corpulent, demented, transvestite, lesbian killer for hire named Farkas (Pam La Testa). Jennifer then sets about trying to solve the man's murder.

This is about on a par with the other crude, cheese ball horror pictures that legendary exploitation director Roberta Findlay ("Tenement") made in the 1980s. It's kind of slow to get started, but around the 34 minute mark things start to pick up, as Pappas (Chris Maria De Koron), the building super, fools around with the planchet, and begins to see weird little creepy-crawlies all over him. Ultimately, the movie is garbage, but Findlay herself would be the first to admit it. Therefore, it does have a certain undeniable bad movie charm, at least if you totally dig this kind of thing to begin with.

Capers Powers is remarkably sincere in the lead, although she'll probably put off some viewers with the amount of screaming that she does. Neil plays the husband as such a jerk that one has to wonder why Jennifer ever married the guy. La Testa is great fun in her antagonistic role, especially in a scene that's probably just designed to show what kind of person Farkas is, as she slaughters a hooker in cold blood. The corpse effects and the gore are all wonderfully tacky. One of the best scenes occurs when Farkas tries to run Jennifer down with a car. Co-producer Walter E. Sear composed the decent music score.

An entertaining viewing for the undemanding.

Six out of 10.


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