Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops)
Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops) (1981)

Polish director Andrzej Zulawski used the conventions of horror and science fiction to make this metaphorical political tale. When Mark (Sam Neill) returns from a business trip to Munich, his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani) leaves him. He hires… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 9, 2003
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Adjani won the best actress prize at Cannes for her dual performance (as an unfaithful wife and her angelic doppelganger), but the whole cast is astonishing, exorcising painful feelings with an intensity that rivals that of the filmmaking.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The film could be seen as a metaphor for women's liberation, the battle between the sexes, idealization of one's lover, faith vs. fate and/or a political statement...very effective as straight up, very stylish horror.

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Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

In much the same way that Possession blurs and blends genres, it also inextricably entangles the personal and the political.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

That the film is much more than a gawk-at-it freak show is testament to Zulawski's talent for making even the most exaggerated behavior resonate with pointed and potent emotion.

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Staci Layne Wilson
Sci-Fi Weekly

When it comes to the sheer artistry of filmmaking, it's an astounding, jaw-dropping feat of furious beauty.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Uncompromising demented cult oddity.

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A film about a woman who fucks an octopus.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

This delirious psychodrama defies classification and will polarize viewers as thoroughly as it did 30 years ago.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

really Possession is like nothing else - an uncompromising and idiosyncratic vision of the divisions that exist around, between and within us all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
Ever had the top of your skull removed while an overweight man repeatedly stabbed your cerebral cortex with a crescent wrench? No you say? Well then grab the… More
Carlos Magalhes
No one can deny that this film is quite bold and unpredictable in all its mind-blowing weirdness, but Zulawski really fails in his attempt to confer a serious,… More
Aditya Gokhale
In one scene in Andrzej Zulawski's "cult" horror thriller, "Possession" (1981), Sam Neill's character Mark tells Isabelle… More
familiar stranger
Those who like symbolism & weird stuff are more likely to enjoy this movie.
Stephen M
Funny, I don't remember him being so bad in <i>Omen III: The Final Conflict</i>, but having watched John Carpenter's <i>In the Mouth… More
Walter M.
In "Possession," Mark(Sam Neill, impossibly young) is a government contractor who is not signing up for another tour of duty, so he can spend more… More