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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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Ole Bornedal
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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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Trivia

The demon in the box speaks Polish. See more »

Goofs

(around 51 min.) When Clyde goes to Manhattan to talk with Tzadok Shapir; during the first encounter with him at the stairway, the cameraman is momentarily reflected on a store window past the stairway. See more »

Quotes

Em: Daddy, you scared me.
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Connections

Spoofed in A Haunted House 2 (2014) See more »

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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Great Horror film
5 September 2012 | by abdelgulabkhanSee all my reviews

This movie is very good for a horror film

It starts off well and you have very good characters, the father in the film is a very good actor.

Overall the directing of the movie is excellent, all the pieces fit together well and you understand the story. A lot of horror films fail in the directing as things are mismatched and no one knows what is is going on.

It is a very well told story that develops into lots of thrills and scares

It is not a gory film which is very good but it keeps you entertained all the way through

The characters are excellent and interesting, the acting is good so this keeps you gripped all the way through

Overall an enjoyable film and does the job of a good horror film


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Language:

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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

Gross USA:

$49,130,154

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,446,075
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2.35 : 1
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