The Possession of Joel Delaney

1972

Drama / Horror / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 36%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 1028

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Cast

David Elliott as Peter Benson
Miriam Colon as Veronica
Michael Hordern as Justin
Perry King as Joel Delaney
720p.BLU
970.95 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Realistic possession movie overshadowed by The Exorcist

This seems to be a virtually forgotten film charting the realistic possession of a man by an evil spirit - forgotten, no doubt, in the hype that surrounded the release of THE EXORCIST which came out shortly after this did. It's a shame, as THE POSSESSION OF JOEL DELANEY is a well-acted film with a down-to-earth approach. The lack of special effects or makeup help to give this film a realistic edge and the possession of Joel is far more believable - and thus quietly chilling - than that of Regan in THE EXORCIST. All that happens is that he starts talking with a Spanish accent, a simple bit of dubbing which has a really spooky effect.

The slow pacing is used to build up suspense and give us a chance to get to know the characters before plunging them into the depths of horror. To be honest, sometimes the lack of action means that this film gets bogged down in too much talk, but things are turned around in the final, taut twenty minutes in which Benson and her children are taken hostage by the possessed man. The degradation of the children and the threat of violence towards them makes this very tense and uncomfortable viewing and an unexpected surprise when considering the rest of the film.

The acting from leads MacLaine and King is very good. Perry King (CLASS OF 1984) in particular is excellent in the dual role of a nice, shy young man and a possessed, ruthless killer who has no moral scruples. MacLaine may not be a likable character but you can see where she is coming from and her character, while flawed, is a human one. Watch out for an out-of-place cameo from Michael Hordern as a doctor.

This isn't a particularly gory film, although there are a few shocking scenes of decapitated heads and bodies. Where it does succeed and become interesting is in the portrayal of the Puerto Ricans in New York and their religion and beliefs; the ritual in which they attempt to draw the spirit from Delaney's body is an immensely powerful one, building from nothing into a screaming frenzy. This may not be a brilliant film but it's worth a look for fans of gritty, '70s-style realism.

Reviewed by lee_eisenberg 7 / 10

Not just an "Exorcist" precursor, but also...

Some people might call "The Possession of Joel Delaney" an "Exorcist" precursor, but it's more than that. It almost had a tinge of the Black Panthers to it. That is, it was one of the many movies of that era that portrayed the oppressed under-classes rebelling against the ruling class. Shirley MacLaine plays wealthy Manhattanite Norah Benson, who suspects that her brother Joel (Perry King) is possessed. But what she suspects pales in comparison to what she discovers.

I guess that another aspect of this movie is the fact that Shirley MacLaine stars in a horror movie. Yes, the woman who starred in "The Trouble with Harry", "The Apartment", "Irma La Douce" and "Terms of Endearment" (not to mention that she was one of the first American celebrities to go to China after it reopened) starred in a flick whose purpose was to invoke fear. But this one was actually good. So, that begs the question: what "possessed" Shirley MacLaine to star in that awful "Bewitched" remake? Oh well. I guess if nothing else, we need to remember the movie's tagline: "If you believe, no explanation is necessary. If you don't believe, no explanation is possible."

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10

An offbeat, unsettling, and interesting 70's horror outing

Spoiled and pampered wealthy Manhattan socialite Norah Benson (a fine portrayal by Shirley MacLaine) discovers that her younger brother Joel (an excellent and convincing performance by Perry King) is possessed by the vengeful and malevolent spirit of a deceased Puerto Rican serial killer. Worried about her sibling's well being, Norah delves deep into the mysterious and frightening world of the religion Santeria to find a way to save Joel's soul before it's too late. Director Waris Hussein, working from an absorbing and incisive script by Matt Robinson and Irene Kamp, firmly grounds the fantastic premise in a thoroughly plausible everyday urban reality, with authentically gritty New York City locations, a clear delineation between the haves and the have nots, and a fascinating exploration of the basic theme of believers versus nonbelievers as well as a provocative examination of the pertinent issues of bigotry and ignorance. The scenes with the snobby Norah being forced to leave her fancy sheltered upper-crust surroundings and deal with various low class ethnic types that she would usually avoid having anything to do with give this picture a bitterly pungent sense of harsh socioeconomic realism. Moreover, a bold incest subplot and the genuinely alarming climax with Joel terrorizing Norah and her two children with a switchblade provide an additional jolting edginess, with the single most shocking and disturbing moment occurring when Joel makes his nephew Peter (extremely brave work by David Elliott) strip and dance nude on a table. The sound acting from the able cast keeps the movie on track, with especially praiseworthy contributions from Lovelady Powell as pragmatic psychiatrist Erika, Barbara Trentham as Joel's swinging hipster girlfriend Sherry, Miriam Cohen as helpful housekeeper Veronica, and Edmundo Rivera Alvarez as sage Santeria priest Don Pedro. Arthur J. Orwitz's sharp cinematography and Joe Raposo's syncopated shivery score are both up to speed. Recommended viewing for those seeking more unusual and adventurous fright fare.

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