92 Min | Horror – Thriller | August 2012
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Director: Ole Bornedal
Starring: Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick
The Possession Review: The Possession is a Jewish exorcism film for a change! This one revolves around Jewish folklore of the Dybbuk Box, a box used to contain an evil Jewish demon. A father and his two daughters buy the box at a garage sale and one of the young girls becomes possessed by the demon inside it. The Possession was produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Ole Bornedal. It was written by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (who also co-wrote the Sam Raimi produced horror film ‘BOOGEYMAN’ and the Nicolas Cage thriller ‘KNOWING’) and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick. The movie plays out like a pretty routine possession movie but it does have some pretty nice scares in it and the dybbuk storyline is interesting.
The Possession is based on an article by LA Times reporter Leslie Gornstein, called ‘Jinx in A Box’, about the history of the Dybbuk Box which was brought to America by a Holocaust survivor and passed around to various people who all reported horrific experiences from it. In The Possession a young girl named Em (Natasha Calis) finds the box at a garage sale and asks her dad, Clyde (Morgan), to buy it for her. Clyde was recently divorced from his wife, Stephanie (Sedgwick), and has his two daughters, Em and Hannah (Madison Davenport), for the weekend. Em takes the box home and opens it and soon strange occurrences begin happening. This causes further conflict between Clyde and Stephanie as Clyde is blamed for his daughter’s strange behavior.
Bornedal also directed the Danish thriller ‘NIGHTWATCH’ and it’s 1997 American remake of the same name starring Ewan McGregor. He also directed and co-wrote the 2007 Danish horror film ‘THE SUBSTITUTE’. It has that classic campy horror feel to it, with touches that had to be influenced by Sam Raimi. The movie is often funny, in seemingly unintentional ways, but it’s never too over the top. The comedy never takes you out of the creepy mood of the film and although the script is routine The Possession is always intriguing, thanks to the excellent filmmaking. Morgan is good in the lead and Natasha Calis is also impressive in the pivotal creepy role. To many it might just seem like a bad horror film but if you’re a fan of the genre you’ll probably get a big kick out of it’s style and the enormous fun it has with the material.