The script by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White is a Judaic variation on “The Exorcist,” complete with a hasidic scholar barking out chants just like Max Von Sydow. The success of this formula succeeds or fails largely on the strength of its central performance from the possessed victim, which often takes the form of a young girl. “Exorcist” star Linda Blair set a spectacularly high bar that no imitator has been able to equal, and “The Possession”’s pint-sized leading lady,
Described as the Dibbuk Box, it had belonged to a Holocaust survivor who acquired it in Spain and later brought it to the USA.
Mannis sold the box on eBay in 2004, claiming in the auction listing that a number of unfortunate, bizarre or terrifying incidents had befallen everyone who came into contact with it. Subsequent owners have made similar claims of supernatural activity surrounding the box.
The item is now believed by many to be haunted by a dibbuk (or dybbuk), a spirit of Jewish folklore.
Filmmaker Sam Raimi and producing partner Nathan Kahane became aware of the stories through a newspaper article, with Kahane suggesting it would make a great idea for a movie.
The end result is supernatural chiller The Possession, released in cinemas by Lionsgate today, August 31. The trailer, a scary clip,
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