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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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Gregory Hoblit

Writer:

Nicholas Kazan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... John Hobbes
John Goodman ... Jonesy
Donald Sutherland ... Lt. Stanton
Embeth Davidtz ... Gretta Milano
James Gandolfini ... Lou
Elias Koteas ... Edgar Reese
Gabriel Casseus ... Art
Michael J. Pagan ... Sam
Robert Joy ... Charles
Frank Medrano ... Charles' Killer
Ronn Munro Ronn Munro ... Mini Golf Owner
Cynthia Hayden Cynthia Hayden ... Society Woman
Ray Xifo ... Society Man
Tony Michael Donnelly Tony Michael Donnelly ... Toby
Tara Carnes 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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Don't trust a soul. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poseídos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,401,566, 16 January 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,188,006, 22 March 1998
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Hobbes shoots the school teacher, after he fires one shot, his gun is apparently empty (the action on any semi-automatic 9mm handgun, like Hobbes' Glock, stays open when the final round is expended, as can be seen in the two quick cuts after the shot is fired). However, when Hobbes approaches the body in each view after-wards, the action of the gun is closed, indicating that he still has ammunition. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Azazel: I wanna tell you about the time I almost died...
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Referenced in Lucifer: Weaponizer (2016) See more »

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Where It's At
Written by Beck (as Beck Hansen), John King and Michael Simpson (as Mike Simpson)
Performed by Beck
Published by Cyanide Breathmint Music/BMG Songs, Inc.
Courtesy of DGC Records
By Arrangement With Universal Music Special Markets
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Legitimately Creepy
27 February 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This gets good marks simply because it is such an interesting, involving story that hooks you right away and every time you watch it and doesn't overwhelm you with violence and gore.

Denzel Washington is appealing as always as the good guy and John Goodman is surprisingly low-key for most of the movie. All the characters are very interesting and the special effects are creepy.

The story is pure "Hollywood theology" mean also means the characters - include the heroes - in here have no clue about God or the purpose of life. Believability-aside, it film provides excellent entertainment. The visuals are decent and sound-effects are chilling in spots. As the demon sees through the eyes of people and passes by with these "whoosh" sounds, it's very effective. As mentioned, the film doesn't need a lot of violence to succeed with it's horror-type tale.

One note about the final scene. It isn't exactly clear on a couple of points so if you get confused, you aren't alone.


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