Film Review: The Possession

Directed by Ole Bornedal
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick & Matisyahu

Clyde Brenek (Morgan) a basketball coach going through a messy divorce tries to do right by his two daughters Em (Natasha Calis) and Hannah (Madison Davenport) by taking them out to his new house. Whilst there, they stumble upon a garage sale where Em picks up a wooden box. After opening the box strange occurrences begin to take place and Em doesn’t seem to be acting like herself anymore.

Sam Raimi is responsible for four great horror movies, and is a wonderful director but as a producer he has made audiences sit through some utter dreck, The Grudge, Boogeyman, Priest and any sequels they might have are all released under his Ghost House Pictures banner. For some reason he doesn’t mind having his name attached to garbage and The Possession is no exception. From start to finish this is a dull, predictable waste of a film.

Earlier this year we saw the release of The Cabin in the Woods, whilst not the most terrifying of movies it worked by having some of the most original ideas to pop up in a horror film in a long time, that’s why it worked so well. The Possession tries to work as the Jewish answer to The Exorcist but mainly fails by not offering up any original scares, characters or plot devices, it’s a poor Exorcist rip off with a rabbi instead of a priest (sounds like a bad joke more than anything else). The only piece of originality to take place in the film is the casting of rapper Matisyahu, a very talented man but only as a musician, not an actor.

Films such as [REC], Insidious, Scream and The Cabin in the Woods are fighting a good fight for horror films to be smart, witty and original. The Possession forgets all of that and tries to focus on the scares which sadly feel like they’ve been done time and time again. A failure.


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