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The Possession (2012)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 31 August 2012 (USA)
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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.

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Russell
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Darius
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Eleanor
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Miss Shandy (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
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Storyline

The basketball coach Clyde and his wife Stephanie divorced a couple of months ago and their teenage daughter Hannah and the girl Emily 'Em' live with their mother and spend the weekends with their father. One day, Clyde stops his car in a yard sale and Em buys an antique carved box and becomes obsessed with it. Em finds the hidden lock and releases an evil spirit that possesses her. Soon Clyde discovers that Em has a problem, but his annoying ex-wife and her boyfriend Brett do not pay attention to him and get a restraining order against Clyde. Clyde seeks out Professor McMannis and when he sees the box, he explains that it is a Dibbuk Box, where a fiend is trapped inside. He also explains that the box should not be open; otherwise the person will be possessed by the spirit. Now Clyde travels to a Jewish community in New York and the rabbi's son Tzadok returns with him expecting to exorcise Em to save the girl. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Darkness lives inside. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,732,480, 2 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,130,154

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,446,075
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Stephen Susco, Moira Buffini, and E.L. Katz worked on previous versions of the script. See more »

Goofs

Although it's not seen directly during the MRI scene, the plot implies that Em never removes the ring. Em would have been unable to wear the ring on her hand during the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test. Even if it was non-ferromagnetic (like gold), it could have still interfered with the test and medical staff would have likely removed it prior to bringing her into the room. See more »

Quotes

Tzadok: I hate hospitals... people die here.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.175 (2013) See more »

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Written and Performed by Forrest Lee Jr.
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A Familiar Subgenre Given Great Life
31 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

The Possession (2012)

*** (out of 4)

Extremely well-made and well-acted horror film about a recently divorced father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who buys his youngest daughter (Natasha Calis) a seemingly innocent box at a yard sale but soon the girl's behavior starts to change. The title pretty much tells you what happens to the little girl and I'm sure many of you are out there wondering if we really needed another possession movie. The answer is yes and especially since this one here turned out so well. I think you have to give the filmmakers a lot of credit for tackling a familiar sub-genre and being able to make it work without resorting to cheap, loud noise scares that seem to be attached to all horror movies today. I thought there were a lot of reasons why this film worked but one is the fact that you care about the father and feel his pain for losing someone close to him. The personal drama is something that THE EXORCIST used so well and the filmmakers here borrow from that and make sure the viewer can care about what's going on. Another strong point are the performances with Jeffrey Dean Morgan doing a fantastic job in the role of the father. It's rare to see horror films with such strong performances but Kyra Sedgwick is also strong as the mother. Calis is terrific in her bit as the young girl who finds herself falling apart. The limited special effects are good for what they are but we also get an incredibly effective music score. I didn't care for some of the style given to the film including the fast cuts to a black screen but this was just a minor issue. Still, THE POSSESSION gives a shot of energy to a genre that has so far in 2012 delivered one bomb after another.


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