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The Possession (2012)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Clyde
Kyra Sedgwick ... Stephanie
Natasha Calis ... Em
Madison Davenport ... Hannah
Matisyahu ... Tzadok
Grant Show ... Brett
Rob LaBelle ... Russell
Nana Gbewonyo ... Darius
Anna Hagan ... Eleanor
Brenda Crichlow ... Miss Shandy (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
Jay Brazeau ... Professor McMannis
Iris Quinn ... Doctor
Graeme Duffy ... Lab Tech
David Hovan ... Adan
Chris Shields ... Assistant Coach
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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 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 the 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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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dibbuk Box See more »

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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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Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS (5.1)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rob LaBelle, and Jay Brazeau previously collaborated on Watchmen (2009). See more »

Goofs

(around 41 min.) When Clyde pulls up to a nearby warehouse to dispose of the box, the camera, cameraman and a camera assistant are all briefly reflected on the back of the side view mirror. See more »

Quotes

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

You're a Heavenly Thing
Written by Jack Little (as Little Jack Little) and Joe Young
Performed by Mel Tormé
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A Familiar Subgenre Given Great Life
31 August 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee 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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