Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops)
Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops) (1983)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 14, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% 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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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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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

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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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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Fernando F. Croce

Zulawski's grand and shivery art-therapy hallucination, a burlesque farrago of domestic dramas played close and fast in a distinctively Polish register

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Isabelle Adjani gives this everything she's got in a performance of unbridled commitment but that doesn't make it enjoyable nor entertaining.
Carlos Magalhães
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
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
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