This leads her to changing the way she dresses and getting a wig. Eventually she even rents a beach house and meets the locals. These folks seem to recognize her and say she must be another woman who disappeared five years earlier named Sandy. This is the woman that has been haunting her. Is it a ghost that is trying to possess her? Maybe she is losing her mind and taking on a second personality? Or maybe she is just bored and looking for some excitement? In the end the mystery is revealed, and everything is okay.
Obviously, I’m not going to spoil the movie here because I rather enjoyed The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver. It is a well written story with enough twists and turns to keep your attention for the entire seventy two minute runtime. I honestly didn’t see the ending coming but it works nicely. That shouldn’t be a surprise as it was written by the legendary Richard Matheson. This guy knew how to write for a budget as well as the censorship applied to these made for television flicks.
cast is solid as well with George Hamilton in what is basically a supporting
role as the husband. We also get a brief appearance from Bill Kerwin who most
of us will recognize from his time in H.G. Lewis flicks. Though there is no
doubt that this is the Karen Black show. She has the most screentime and is
called on to carry the narrative. There are several scenes where it is just her
reacting with confusion to the memories she is experiencing. We even get a cool
scene where she is trying to convince herself that she is Miriam while talking
to her husband. I think that people forget how great an actress she was and
that is a damn shame.
Sandy getting her groove on!
I miss these made for T.V. productions. Yeah, a lot of them weren’t the best, but many of them were. Plus, it gave writers like Matheson and actresses like Black a place to get some work done. There is even a scene in a mall where we get to see a vintage seventies Footlocker in the background. The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver has something for everyone! I recommend checking this one out. As of the writing of this review it is on YouTube so there isn’t any excuse.
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