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Possession (1987)

Frankie is a psychopath who suffers from problems with his mother. To compensate for these problems he follows and persecutes Madeleine and some of her friends, killing one girl after the ... See full summary »


Lyne J. Grantham (Screenplay), Lloyd A. Simandl (Story)


Cast overview, first billed only:
John Johnston John Johnston ... Frankie (as John Robert Johnston)
Sharlene Martin Sharlene Martin ... Madeline (as Melissa Martin)
Cat Williams Cat Williams ... Amy
Leanne Jaheny Leanne Jaheny ... Janie
Samra Wolfin Samra Wolfin ... Barbara
April Alkins April Alkins ... Holly
Geraldine Farrell Geraldine Farrell ... Lori
Monica Marko Monica Marko ... Frankie's mother
Rupert Grant Rupert Grant ... Steve
Shane Carlsson Shane Carlsson ... Tony
James-Dean Hirschfeld James-Dean Hirschfeld ... Pizza man
Jocelyne Lavoie Jocelyne Lavoie ... Karen
Mark Ruthledge Mark Ruthledge ... Gary
Debbie Shyers Debbie Shyers ... Dead girl #1
Annie Henderson Annie Henderson ... Dead girl #2
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Frankie is a psychopath who suffers from problems with his mother. To compensate for these problems he follows and persecutes Madeleine and some of her friends, killing one girl after the other, and anybody else who would stand in his way - without any reason or compassion. Written by Volker Boehm

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13 April 2006 | by MrTaftSee all my reviews

A poor excuse of a horror movie, made worse by the idiotic, annoying killer, who seems to have some sort of brain damage and goes around murdering young girls for no reason. This guy lives with his mother who controls his life (sound familiar), and won't let him date girls, because they'll take him away from her, she proclaims! Years of this kind of "mothering" has turned him into a pathetic, whiny-voiced madman, who crawls around parking lots in his huge Buick looking for new female victims, to lure back home, rape and kill.

The movie starts off with some blonde nurse being abducted by our killer, and taken back to his house. They seem to know each other (from where?), and while mother is yelling at him the nurse makes her escape. Humiliated, the killer strangles his mother and sets about seeking vengeance on the nurse, who lives with a bunch of scantily-clad female friends. They decide to enact their own revenge on the killer, and funnily enough, run into home quite quickly in the middle of a suburban street! Determination now gone, they flee and manage to call the police while he chases them in his Buick. After being cornered, the killer stabs a cop and speeds off with two units in pursuit, all three cars driving very slowly so as not to crash, because with the lousy budget this film has they wouldn't have been able to pay for any damage! Eventually, they reach the waterfront and the killer jumps into a rowboat to sail away. The cops run up to a pier and open fire with shotguns, eventually causing the WOODEN rowboat to EXPLODE! That's right - the killer is rowing away with oars in a wooden boat and when shot at with guns it blows up into a plume of fire! I laughed so hard at that scene, especially when the cops lower their guns, stare at the fiery wreck and then just walk off, without even attempting to recover a body! Can you believe this shoddy writing? Anyway, with the killer presumed dead, a few months later the nurse and her friends decide to take off to some wilderness cabin for a week. A couple of girls stay behind. But low-and-behold, the killer is still alive, sitting in his old house (what about the bills?) and complaining in his whiny-voice to his mother's headstone (which he put in himself). He decides again to get the nurse and her friends and goes to their house, only to find the two stragglers and their boyfriends, whom he kills. Then he conveniently discovers where the girls are staying via an answering machine message, and takes off to the cabin. There he kills just about everyone else in standard format until only two girls are left. What a good plot! Bah. Apart from the terrible writing which pits characters into the most ridiculous of situations (one girl goes out to photograph trees, for God's sake), the killer will really get on your nerves with his teeth-setting laugh and expressions that are not frightening to the extreme. He also has a habit of sneaking up behind his male victims to kill them so they don't have the chance to defend themselves, because it is clearly obvious they are all much stronger than he is and would easily win in a fair fight! I could only shake my head at such stupidity when we're supposed to be "afraid" of this killer, who dispatches of his victims with red-hot fire pokers, lumps of wood and the hood of a Mustang.

Gore-wise the film barely rates in that department. There is minimal blood in most of the kills except for one where a girl is offed in the shower, which is also a frequent moment of nudity, although that is all very lame in itself. These girls are nothing special. The acting is also ridiculous, the worst being the killer, and the fact that he keeps regaining consciousness after some of the things that are done to him by the survivors defies belief. Watch out for the twist ending! Ha! I'm sure you can guess what it is... I don't even remember which two girls survived (I think one was the nurse), and all they do is hobble off into the woods, not even bothering to check if the killer is dead. The killer also has the habit of being in two places at once or getting between places in rapid time, and there is no sense of continuity or style in this film at all. A very average horror that has its moments, but there aren't really enough of them to give it a decent rating. The only laugh comes from that boat explosion, which is a must-see!

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18 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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