Bepossessed (15) (Bob Logan, US, 1990) Linda Blair, Ned Beatty, Leslie Nielsen, Lana Schwab. 85 mins. Deep American suburbia middle-aged housewife Nancy Aglet (Blair) is tormented by the return of a pestering demon that worms its way through her television screen and into her tummy. Before you can say pea-soup, Nancy’s spewing up over her lamily, frolicking on bouncing beds and expressing herself in a very strange voice indeed. It's not too long belore the Bible-bashing cheque-book brigade (Beatty and Schwab) move in on Nancy's spiritual torment with a live televised Exorcism-athon, but as their endeavours prove worse than useless world-weary veteran demon basher Father Jedediah Mayii (a desperately mugging Nielsen) is called out at retirement to light the good light against the forces of darkness once more.
Starting out as a straighttorward comic rehash ot the most lamous horror movie since Frankenstein (can you guess what it is yet, children?),
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writer/director Bob Logan’s spool soon loses its way, plummeting into a plethora ol puerile boobs, burns and bra jokes aimed squarely at the crucial but dumb teen market. Despite the presence of Blair and a number of appropriately silly reference gags (ice cream cones screaming ‘lick me!‘), Repossessed often becomes less of an Exorcist parody than a retread ot the Porky’s school of juvenile wit.
Tailored to please the happily brainless but bound to disappoint enthusiastic fans of the supposed source, one wonders just how limited the audience is for in-joke Exorcist humour almost two decades since the original was released. But the tact remains that even those who enjoy a knowing titter will emerge leeling slightly short changed. (Howard MacNeil)
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kill any woman he finds attractive. Jodorowsky‘s film is deliberatley disturbing and provocative. but its visual imagination makes it a landmark in cinematic surrealism. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. I sex, lies and videotape ( 15) (Steven Soderbergh. US. 1989) Andie McDowell. Laura San Giacomo. James Spader. Peter Gallagher. 101 mins. The sex: John (Gallagher) is conducting a steamy affair with his sister-in-law Cynthia (San Giacomo). The lies: they neglect to tell his wife. Anne (McDowell). The videotape: John‘s buddy Graham (Spader) gets his kicks by filming women‘s sexual confessions. 26-year-old Soderbergh's first feature is a strikingly assured. funny and thoughtful piece of work. forcing usto examine our own attitudes toward sex. and won the Palme d‘Or at Cannes. Edinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse. I Shirley Valentine ( 15) (Lewis Gilbert. UK. 1989) Pauline Collins. Bernard Hill. Tom Conti. 110 mins. Gilbert'sscreen version of the celebrated Willy Russell play. now expanded from a monologue to include Hill as the insensitive hubby and Conti as the Greek bit of stuffShirley meets on a Mediterranean holiday that turns into a voyage ofself-(re )discovery.
(‘ollins is outstanding in the title role of frustrated Liverpudlian housewife. Strathclyde: L'(‘l (‘lydebank.
I Shock To The System ( 15) (Jan Iiglcson. US. 1990) Michael (‘aine. Elizabeth McGovern. Peter Reigert. Swoosie Kurtz. 87 mins. See review. Glasgow: ()deon. Edinburgh: Odeon. U(‘l. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. U(‘l (.‘lydebank. L'C‘l East Kilbride.
I Society ( 18) (Brian Yuzna.US.1989) Billy Warlock. Devin Devasquez. Evan Richards. 90mins. Extraordinary and shocking fantasy as high school kid Warlock develops suspicions about his friends. family and shrink. all ofwhom exhibit anatomical and behavioural peculiarities. But could it all be adolescent paranoia? Special effects — strictly for enthusists of human mozarella — come
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Mad George. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Star Trek 145: The Saga (PG) (Robert Wise. Nicholas Meyer. Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner. L'S. 1979—89) William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy. DeForest Kelley er al. 132 mins; 95 mins;105 mins; 119 mins; 107 mins. (Parts 2—4 in 70mm). Buddy. can you spare ten-and-a-half hours‘.’ Trekkie-maniacs onlyshould consider beatning up for this marathon
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