How do you rank a movie that's initially intriguing, engrossing, well-acted, but ultimately literally nauseating? There's a line between movies about sickening subjects, and movies that are sickening in themselves. (*A Clockwork Orange* is a good example of the former-- *The Posession of Joel Delaney* is a good example of both.) Shirley MacLaine plays a New York socialite who comes to suspect that her sensitive younger brother (Perry King, in his first screen role) is possessed by the spirit of an sadistic dead killer. There's some Santeria involved, and so forth. (Joel--(Perry-- is an idealistic young man who's rejected the life of privilege to live in Spanish Harlem and write. Unfortunately he made friends with a real sicko murderer and after the guy dies he takes possession of Joel's body. OK, there's no explanation given for how exactly that works, but it's a movie so you can suspend your disbelief for the sake of entertainment.) Perry King does a phenomenal job of portraying a pleasant, affable young man who by the end of the film his facial expressions alone are so sadistic and perverse as to give you nightmares. I won't give away the ending, which is a real bummer, but the final fifteen minutes are incredibly disturbing and, well, sick. There's an awful scene that involves two children being humiliated and degraded in ways that simple should not be on film. Aside from this, the message of the film seems to be that rich white people shouldn't associate with underprivileged Latinos or else they might wind up getting possessed by demons-- or is there an even more offensive allegory going on here? At any rate, despite the considerable level of talent involved, I have to give this film a thumbs-down. If you like occult stuff, stick with *Rosemary's Baby*. If you like Shirley McLain or Perry King, pick another of their movies-- they've both done dozens. If you do end up watching this one, keep some Pepto Bismol on hand, and maybe some sedatives if you have a prescription.