Video Nasties Celebration: Possession (1981)

Date: October 14 at midnight
Location: The Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Description: As part of Nightmare City: A Video Nasties Celebration, the Cinefamily screens this exceedingly rare and exceedingly strange melodrama from Polish filmmaker Andrzej Zulawksi. Essentially a divorce drama starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill, POSSESSION goes way over the top by taking all of inner anger of the emotionally charge situation and externalizing it in the form of a demonic tentacled creature - a sort of literal child of divorce. The repressive Eastern European setting (before the fall of the Soviet Block) suggests political overtones as well, but the real appeal of POSSESSION is that its art house pretensions are rendered in monstrously repulsive ways. The result is baffling but fascinating.

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Isabelle Adjani in Possession (1980)
Isabelle Adjani in Possession (1980)

More in this series: 

  1. Nightmare City: A Video Nasties Celebration
  2. A Video Nasties Celebration: Inferno (1980)
  3. Video Nasties Celebration: Possession (1981)