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The movie begins by warning audiences that the film’s events take place over a 29-day period. What it should have said is the film feels like it lasts 29-days. The Possession is a stereotypical take on the tried-and-true “innocent girl gets her body hijacked by demons” story that doesn’t give the genre anything new, but a lot of the same. And even that’s not done all that well. Hit the jump for our review of The Possession on Blu-ray. In the film, young Emily (Natasha Calis), “Em” to her family, is coping with her parents’ divorce. Her father, Clyde (Jeffery Dean Morgan), is a workaholic college basketball coach who loves his family, but can’t seem to make time for them. Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick), Em’s ever-protective mother, constantly worries over her children’s well-being. While staying with her father over a visitation weekend, Em discovers a »
- Brad McKay
John McNaugton's last feature-length film was 1998's "Wild Things." In the fifteen years since, he's seen his sordid pot boiler starring Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon achieve cult status that led to a direct-to-video sequel. In "The Harvest," Michael Shannon ("Take Shelter," "Revolutionary Road") and Samantha Morton ("The Messenger," "In America") star as a professional couple married with a sick teenage son (Charlie Tahan) and living in a secluded environment. As their son grows closer to a teenage neighbor (Natasha Calis) who just moved in to the area, the relationship between the boy and his caring, carefully protective mother becomes fraught. Indiewire caught up with McNaughton on the set of the film earlier this month. "My first impressions of the script were that it was a really compelling story and that it was really creepy, really dark," McNaughton »
- Bryce J. Renninger
Chicago – In the last days of August 2012, three generically titled ghost pictures had the misfortune of opening at more or less the exact same time. None of them were particularly memorable, yet only one managed to produce any semblance of genuine chills. There are enough eerie moments in “The Possession,” the demonic thriller from gifted Danish director Ole Bornedal, that one wishes that it pushed past the boundaries of its tame PG-13 rating.
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, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Even with such a generic title, The Possession manages to give a few surprises along with a couple of chilling moments. It borrows from other films, but manages to be a well-done thriller . even if it is a tad predictable. Originally titled Dibbuk Box (which is a much more interesting name than the generic title they went with for its release), the film stars Natasha Calis . who tackles the role of Emily, a young girl adapting to the divorce of her parents. Along with her older sister Hannah (Madison Davenport), Emily spends her week days with her mother Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) and the weekends with her father Clyde (Jeffery Dean Morgan) at his new house. »
- Patrick Luce
Director: Ole Bornedal
Running Time: 92 minutes
Extras: Commentaries, featurette, trailer
Although there are a few amusing moments to be found in The Possession (mostly deriving from parts that are intended to scare), as well as a promising turn from young actor, Natasha Calis (The Firm), these are the only positives to be taken from an otherwise frustratingly bland horror. The content of the narrative is its main downfall, and by jiminy does it fail in spectacular fashion.
The main plot surrounds newly-divorced Clyde and Stephanie’s youngest daughter, Emily (Calis), who becomes strangely obsessed with a box covered in Hebrew inscriptions she buys at a yard sale. A dark spirit from within the box begins to slowly commandeer her, forcing her family to investigate what it is, what it wants, and how the hell they’re going to get their daughter back. »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
Reviewed by Michael Juvinall, MoreHorror.com
Directed by: Ole Bornedal
Running time: 92 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences)
Films dealing with demonic possession and exorcisms seem to always be popular with Hollywood ever since the success of The Exorcist. The past several years especially, they have been churned out one after the other with varying degrees of success. The Possession comes to us from Ghost House Pictures which is Sam Raimi’s production company, so I had high hopes for this film based on his association with the film alone. The film comes with the tag, “Based on a true story” (aren’t they all?). The film is based on an article that appeared in »
A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre DVD releases for the month of January.
Effects guru Robert Hall’s semi-autobiographical film about a small town teen (Reaper's Bret Harrison) who has aspirations to become a special effects artist. An opportunity to manage the town’s local haunted house is thwarted by his alcoholic stepfather and the staunchly religious views of the surrounding population. The solid supporting cast includes That 70’s Show’s Laura Prepon, Hellraiser’s Ashely Lawrence and Kevin Gage. Written and directed by Hall, it’s an affectionate coming-of-age drama that works in spite of an uneven narrative that falls apart in the final half hour. Hopefully this new extended cut will remedy the scripting problems of the original release.
Special Features include:
* Never-before-released extended cut of the film.
* Making-of Featurette
* Audio commentaries with the writer/director and cast. »
- Bradley Harding
The Possession, 2012.
Directed by Ole Borndeal.
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
The Exorcist has inspired quite a lot of movies over the years and Ole Bornedal’s The Possession is certainly one of the better ones. Produced by Evil Dead maestros Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, The Possession is “based on the true story” and centres around Clyde and his family who stumble upon the evil of the haunted dybbuk box that contains demon Abizu who possess his daughter Em. While clearly inspired by the William Friedkin classic, its yard sale set-up gives it a 80s era Twilight Zone feel but not played for laughs. »
★★★☆☆ There's much to praise in director Ole Bornedal's competent, if run-of-the-mill, excursion into child-in-peril territory. Reminiscent of the daddy of all devil films, The Exorcist (1973), and starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and the outstanding Natasha Calis, The Possession (2012) does suffer, however, due to the fact that we've seen it all before. Em (Calis) persuades her father Clyde (Dean Morgan) to buy her an antique box she finds at a yard sale. Unfortunately, Clyde and his ex-wife Stephanie (Sedgwick) soon discover that the box is home to an ancient demon, which is determined to resurrect itself through Em.
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- CineVue UK
Every year, it seems, there is a horror film about a demonic child (usually a girl) and how the b-list actor parents try to save the child. For 2012, that film was The Possession. While normally these films are mediocre at best, Possession is a surprisingly engaging film.
Clyde (an unflattering-looking Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is recently separated from his wife Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick). He now balances his sports coach duties with weekend custody of his daughters Em (Natasha Calis) and Hannah (Madison Davenport). Hannah is already becoming the disillusioned teenager, angry at Clyde for not showing up to her dance performances. But Em seems to be dealing with her parents' separation well until she latches onto a box that Clyde gets her at a yard sale.
- John Keith
Quite often in genre cinema, a movie will come along that will spark a wave of imitators and that first movie is so good and so powerful that whatever comes afterwards and deals with the same subject matter can’t hope to not be compared to what came first. It’s why there has never been a killer shark movie to match Jaws, why British cinema only gets good every ten years or so and it’s why there has never been a possession/exorcism film to match William Friedkin’s 1973 film The Exorcist. The film is and will remain the definitive Exorcism film and is still a powerful piece of cinema forty years later. People have tried to make up for their lack of skill and subtlety with the subject matter with CGI and experimental ways of holding the camera catching the story so over the last few years »
- Chris Holt
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Blockbuster and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand Cable offers VOD programming (same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives) for rent, usually for 24- or 48-hour periods at prices from about $2.99 for older titles to $9.99 for new or exclusive releases. Since cable offers a direct connection from your cable provider, its VOD offerings are usually less prone to outside interference and can be streamed with surround sound and 3D when available. The latest PG-13 exorcism flick gets a Jewish twist in The Possession, which follows a little girl named Em (Natasha Calis) who becomes obsessed with an antique box she bought...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Divorced Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box covered with arcane Hebrew inscriptions she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, and she starts to indulge in violent acts, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host. Can the Brenek’s find a way to end the curse upon their child before it’s too late?
This week: The former CIA agent played by Liam Neeson is the one who ends up being abducted instead of his daughter in "Taken 2," the hit action sequel that also features the return of Maggie Grace as Neeson's daughter and Famke Janssen as his ex-wife in a story that moves the action to Istanbul.
Box Office: $139 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 21% Rotten
Storyline: Retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) returns to America with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), and gets closer with his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Jannsen), after having rescued Kim from being sold as a sex slave in Paris. Now the relatives of the slain Albanians from the first film swear to avenge their dead by kidnapping Bryan and »
- Robert DeSalvo
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