Possession (1981)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 109

No one cared thus far. Do you?

AKA: The Night the Screaming Stopped
Directed by: Andrzej Zulawski
Starring: Isabelle Adjani (Anna/Helen), Sam Neill (Mark), Heinz Bennent (Heinrich), Margit Carstensen (Margit), Johanna Hofer (Heinrich’s mother)
Country: Germany
Language: English, (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 02:03:36
Genres: Bizarre, Body Modification, Self-Harm, Gruesome, Infidelity, Revenge, Family, Violence against Women

Plot – Spoilers:
Mark has just returned from either a mission, or meeting a mysterious being. Anyway, his wife Anna wants to leave him – there’s another weird man in her life apart from a strange creature she’s got hidden away. All the characters are well nutty, as is the plotline. Towards the end, one of the men who hired Mark shows off his pink socks, which the being Mark initially met with, supposedly wore. Not sure this little nugget of a clue helps understand the film any better. Anna also wears the same dress throughout, except during a ballet class. Is she or Mark totally mental, and the whole thing an extended fantasy for one of them. Not sure I cared enough to know.

Possession will probably appeal to you if you enjoy watching a movie that periodically makes you shake your head and mumble, FUCK IS GOING ON. Or if you just enjoy watching the beautiful Isabelle Adjani. There are some fascinating closeups of her, especially while being assaulted by Sam Neill. There’s also an impressive looking beast fucking her, if that’s of passing interest to you.

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Snails
Snails
July 2, 2020 9:11 pm

FUCK YESSSS! Greatest horror film of all time!

big drip
big drip
Reply to  Snails
April 24, 2021 2:33 am

you can’t be serious, right?

Jerry Brammen
Jerry Brammen
July 5, 2020 11:33 pm

The subway scene in this film is required viewing for all horror fans, on the same level as the shower scene in Pyscho.

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  Jerry Brammen
July 6, 2020 12:53 am

Lmfao. No. Hitchcock is rolling in his grave from a comment like that

Paul W Wood
Paul W Wood
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
July 11, 2020 11:25 pm

Well there’s that. Hmmmm best description I can give is War of the Roses mixed with the mind fuckery of Clockwork Orange. About all I can say on this one

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
July 6, 2020 1:26 am

Thanks admins! Top marks for all the new films as of late:) Zero marks for this film itself tho:/ A dream like film that had the feel of a film made by a director who was tripping balls and trying (poorly) to imitate other arthouse dramas (for example those of the great Bergman, Tarkovsky, etc) that was hampered by and failed MISERABLY due to it’s completely ludicrous, absurd, bipolar acting. The subway scene had me laughing it was that bad. Asinine. Literally anybody could’ve done acting like hers in the subway. Cringeworthy is putting it mildly. Nobody in this film… Read more »

Cyanide_Lollipop
Cyanide_Lollipop
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
October 28, 2021 10:43 pm

Hey, thanks for the heads up. I won’t waste my time now.

Dee
Dee
July 6, 2020 2:53 am

it isn’t a horror film at all. it’s a mediocre satire with effed up themes.

JAY VS. HORROR
JAY VS. HORROR
July 16, 2020 4:36 pm

One of my Top 10. Not everyone gets it and it was intended that way. For those who dig the film it’s a masterpiece examination of the evolving and devolving relationships between Men & Women. For anyone who’s never tripped on that it’s hysterical satire. To each their own. Great upload either way.

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  JAY VS. HORROR
July 26, 2020 9:37 pm

C’mon, please don’t use the stereotypical failed artist excuse of ‘not everyone gets it’ because that’s a pretty big generalization on ur part. Its also asinine to think that we didn’t ‘dig’ it because we never had a failing relationship, lmfao. The movie would’ve been damn good if the acting wasn’t so ludicrous was the big thing, imo. I will agree with u tho on to each their own;)

Poppy
Poppy
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
July 28, 2020 12:38 am

It’s not a failed artist excuse. It’s a descriptive statement you prove in your comments themselves. Some people didn’t react to the acting the way you did. Sure, you laughed at the subway scene, but there’s no need to get defensive about the fact that other people didn’t. Or about the fact that other people found something disturbing or gut-wrenching in Possession. They got something out of it. But, you didn’t. The acting didn’t connect with you so you call it ludicrous. Other people have equally informed and tasteful opinions that say this movie is, in fact, damn good. Maybe… Read more »

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  Poppy
July 28, 2020 4:14 am

It honestly seems like ur the one getting defensive. The commenter generalized and basically said the reasons *he* thought we didn’t like it, and his reasons weren’t at all why I didn’t like it, and since it was only me and one other commenter thus far who didn’t like it, it was obv directed at us. I’m completely open and receptive to others thoughts and ideas as well, I just don’t like people speaking for me, telling me why I didn’t like it/get it, when I had originally stated plainly in my initial thoughts why I didn’t like it, and… Read more »

Tim Hartmann
Tim Hartmann
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
August 31, 2020 3:40 pm

Hey there! If you still haven’t found On The Silver Globe, check it out on this link: http://exmilitai.re/film.html I have yet to watch Possession yet, and have it downloaded. I’m happy that I can view it on here as the quality is better here. On The Silver Globe has a lot crammed into it, and I enjoyed watching it. It is lengthy, but truly one of a kind in how it mixes genres. I owe it another viewing, as one of the main characters in the second part started to become a little annoying at how he was almost constantly… Read more »

no
no
October 13, 2020 10:19 am

the acting isn’t mediocre, it is iconic. if you think otherwise, then why are you here. Anna’s actor was pure brilliance.

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
October 16, 2020 6:13 pm

@Tim Hartmann Thanks a TON for the link to On the Silver Globe? I kept hitting paywalls requiring membership on various rare film and European/Russian sites when I was initially trying to find it, n I’m not going to pay some site thats violating copyright to begin with, lol. Sry it took me a while to see ur link, I didn’t check the comments here for this film in a while due to not caring since I was ostracized for hating Possession;) Watched On the Silver Globe this morning and found it very unique and overall enjoyable. I thought it… Read more »

Hüseyin
Hüseyin
October 25, 2020 11:47 am

Definitely my favourite film, glad to see its aa popular as ever. DIABEL is pretty great too if POSSESSION was to your taste. Really love the selection on here, so many of my favourites: INLAND EMPIRE, ARREBATO, IN A GLASS CAGE, GUMMO, TETSUO…etc.

Zed Man
Zed Man
February 27, 2021 2:35 am

On You Tube they have this at 2hrs 20. Are we missing something?

big drip
big drip
April 24, 2021 2:38 am

can’t tell whether the acting was over the top (especially the subway scene) or just right for this film.. Fascinating film nonetheless!

Edit: Adjani won the Best Actress Award for her performance at the 34th Cannes Film Festival, so apparently they liked her acting performance…

DesertFox
DesertFox
May 11, 2021 12:54 am

I came to watch this for the monster sex scene (my only complaint is that scene wasn’t long enough) only to get to the end and realize it’s like the British version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. At least that’s my take on it.

gay movie watcher
gay movie watcher
Reply to  DesertFox
July 5, 2021 7:52 pm

yeah but the monster sex scene was hot tho

Farfadet Kennedy
Farfadet Kennedy
May 11, 2021 8:45 pm

u all fucking gay mmh ??? mmh???

jose
jose
Reply to  Farfadet Kennedy
May 12, 2021 4:24 am

Why? Do you want to suck me off?

Farfadet Kennedy
Farfadet Kennedy
Reply to  jose
May 12, 2021 1:33 pm

yes

widad
widad
June 14, 2021 6:20 pm

this has lynchian vibes

fred fat
fred fat
July 5, 2021 9:16 pm

Adjani is demented and gorgeous – whats not to like?

Aunt Jemima
Aunt Jemima
September 18, 2021 7:26 pm

Don’t waste two hours of your time watching this.

Ramin
Ramin
September 18, 2021 8:15 pm

This is ome of the weirdest movies and horror kovies i’ve seen and of the very few horror movies to actually have scared me
It is the kind of movie i didnt get anything about and in the meantime i was shocked by it and loved it as well
Same happened for eraserhead and maybe even tersuo tho they werent horrifying
Isabelle adjani’s performance is marvelous

tonyelmono
tonyelmono
September 26, 2021 8:32 am

Well that was kinda goofy. I watched it because of the much commented on monster sex scene, and the date movie was made. Monster sex did not disappoint.

TheStonedRanger
TheStonedRanger
October 28, 2021 6:56 pm

Enjoyed this more than The Exorcist, to say the least.

jen snaiws
jen snaiws
January 6, 2022 2:40 pm

feel like i need a video essay after this, i fucked with it heavy tho

buck
buck
Reply to  jen snaiws
January 6, 2022 5:16 pm

don’t think about it literally. think as if you were listening to a myth.

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