New York Film Locations

The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

Last Updated: Nov 2017

Norah Benson (Shirley MacLaine) is a wealthy woman living in Manhattan who keeps a close and protective eye on her brother Joel (Perry King), who has a flat in a rough section of the East Village. Joel is a frequent guest at Norah's home and loves her two children, but when he begins acting strangely and playing too rough with the kids, she wonders if something is wrong. When Norah doesn't hear from Joel for several days, she stops by his apartment to see if he's all right, just as he's being led away by police after attacking the custodian in his building. At first Norah and Joel's doctors think that drugs may be to blame, but when Joel's girlfriend Carrie (Lisa Kohane) is found murdered and beheaded, Norah learns that Joel has become involved with Santeria, a religion that mixes voodoo with Catholicism, and his interest in Santeria has brought him in contact with Tonio Perez (Jose Fernandez), a suspected serial killer.

Norah’s apartment, 154 East 74th Street and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan.


New York Public Library, 476 5th Avenue (btw East 40th and 42nd Streets) Manhattan.


Wollman Rink (btw East 62nd & 63rd Streets) Central Park, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Special thanks to Mark E. Phillips for finding this location.

Santa Barbara Drugs Store, 1540 Park Avenue and East 111th Street, Manhattan.



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