The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977)

I dreamed I was dead.
Miriam Oliver (Karen Black)
Well, that’s a nice dream.
Greg Oliver (George Hamilton)

The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver
Release Date: February 28, 1977

Cast:
Karen Black as Miriam Oliver
George Hamilton as Greg Oliver
Robert F. Lyons as Mark

Written by Richard Matheson
Directed by Gordon Hessler

Plot
Miriam Oliver is bored of her normal routine and begins to change into a new person. But why is she taking on the personality of a dead woman?

My first experience with the film
This was my first time watching The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver after discovering it earlier this year.

Richard’s Review
This was actually entertaining for a made-for-TV movie. Karen Black really owns the film as we try to unravel just what is happening with her character of Miriam? Is it possession or some type of ESP experience? I honestly wasn’t sure where things were going until the final act. Poor George Hamilton doesn’t have much to do except display how much of an uncaring bore of a husband he can be. Yet, I kind of felt sorry for him in the final moments. This is a fun one but it desperately needs a better print of the film to be released on home media.

Karla’s Review
I didn’t care for this one. The non-linear format with the flashbacks and dream sequences were a little confusing and weird. And what was up with that music in the bar scene? Painful! I guess I’m just not a 70s person.

Did you know?
After languishing in television movies in the 1970s, George Hamilton made his cinematic comeback with a Golden Globe nominated performance as Dracula in Love at First Bite (1979).

Availability
The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver is currently available on YouTube.

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4 thoughts on “The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977)

  1. I’ve added this to my Halloween viewing schedule. I’ve been trying to watch any 70’s made-for-tv horror movies I can find on Youtube. And being written by Richard Matheson is the bonus.

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