Possession (1973)

POSSESSION (1973)
Episode of British TV show “Thriller”
Article 3414 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-7-2010
Posting Date: 12-19-2010
Directed by John Cooper
Featuring John Carson, Joanna Dunham, Hilary Hardiman
Country: UK
What it is: Supernatural possesseion thriller…or is it?

A couple moves into a house that was the site of a murder twenty years earlier. The husband begins exhibiting behavior like that of the killer from that time. Could he be possessed…?

I do have to admire the efficiency with which this movie establishes its premise; before five minutes are up, you have a good grasp of the basic situation, a handle on the main characters, and a strong sense of where the story is going. On the down side, it’s also quite apparent that the story is made of some very familiar concepts indeed; I can’t begin to tell you how often I’ve run into the premise of a couple moving into a house that was the site of a murder, the husband overjoyed, the woman nervous and apprehensive. The title gives you a further hint of the direction of the story, and the addition of a spiritual medium further adds to the familiarity of it all. Nevertheless, the movie does have an interesting twist or two up its sleeve, and I have to admit that I more or less like this one. Also, despite the fact that this is one of those movies where you suspect the supernatural elements will be explained away, the ending does leave some of them squarely in place. Not a bad entry in this series.

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