Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops)
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Usually misattributed to the horror genre, this challenging and highly unusual drama stars Isabelle Adjani as a young woman who forsakes her husband (Sam Neill) and her lover (Heinz Bennent) for a bizarre, tentacled creature that she keeps in a run-down Berlin apartment. In the beginning, her husband knows nothing about the monster and sincerely believes that his wife is insane. He has her tailed by private detectives, whom she kills and feeds to the creature. Still unaware of what has happened, the husband contends with the reserved and inadvertently seductive presence of his wife's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"When it comes to the sheer artistry of filmmaking, it's an astounding, jaw-dropping feat of furious beauty."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Sci-Fi Weekly
"Uncompromising demented cult oddity."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Are the characters even real? I don't know, and I don't care. Possession is an ostentatious, absurd waterfall of beauty and horror and I let it wash over me."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com
"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."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"This delirious psychodrama defies classification and will polarize viewers as thoroughly as it did 30 years ago."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"really Possession is like nothing else - an uncompromising and idiosyncratic vision of the divisions that exist around, between and within us all."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Horror being a profitable genre in the early 1980s, Possession was made to pronounce an aesthetic more visceral than cerebral, in turn more superficial than it was initially conceived to impart."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"In much the same way that Possession blurs and blends genres, it also inextricably entangles the personal and the political."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"Its failures would be almost invisible if its successes weren't so excellent."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"a bizarre, hysterical, yet utterly absorbing supernatural tale of a marriage in dissolution"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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