Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel. Written by
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The first scene which writer Nicholas Kazan came up with for the film was the scene where Azazel first passes from person to person (the scene which culminates with the possession of Charles Olom (Robert Joy). Kazan was thinking about how evil can be passed on from one person to another, that it is contagious; if one person is nasty to another person, the second person will be nasty to a third person, the third to a fourth and so on. In thinking about this, he hit on the notion of what that may be like literalized, and he came up with the scene. The rest of the move sprang from that scene. See more »
When (after about 78 minutes) Hobbes enters Stanton's office, Stanton is hanging up the phone. In the next cut, when Hobbes sits down, Stanton is hanging up the phone once again. See more »
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This gets good marks simply because it is such an interesting, involving story that hooks you right away and every time you watch it and doesn't overwhelm you with violence and gore.
Denzel Washington is appealing as always as the good guy and John Goodman is surprisingly low-key for most of the movie. All the characters are very interesting and the special effects are creepy.
The story is pure "Hollywood theology" mean also means the characters - include the heroes - in here have no clue about God or the purpose of life. Believability-aside, it film provides excellent entertainment. The visuals are decent and sound-effects are chilling in spots. As the demon sees through the eyes of people and passes by with these "whoosh" sounds, it's very effective. As mentioned, the film doesn't need a lot of violence to succeed with it's horror-type tale.
One note about the final scene. It isn't exactly clear on a couple of points so if you get confused, you aren't alone.
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