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Ava's Possessions (2015)

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A young woman recovers from a demonic possession.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louisa Krause ... Ava
Whitney Able ... Jillian
Deborah Rush ... Joanna
William Sadler ... Bernard
Zachary Booth ... Roger
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Ben Branson
Wass Stevens ... Tony
Annabelle Dexter-Jones ... Hazel
Geneva Carr ... Darlene
Dan Fogler ... J.J. Samson
John Ventimiglia ... Father Merrino
Joel de la Fuente ... Escobar
Alysia Reiner ... Noelle
Carol Kane ... Talia
Jemima Kirke ... Ivy
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Ava Dobkins is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possession Anonymous support group. As Ava struggles to reconnect with her friends, get her job back, and figure out where the huge bloodstain in her apartment came from, she's plagued by nightmarish visions - the demon is trying to come back. Written by Momentum Pictures

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The exorcism is just the beginning. See more »


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Rated R for language, some sexual content and bloody images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marcas da Possessão See more »

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Trivia

The movie playing at around 55 minutes is Alice, Sweet Alice (1976). See more »

Goofs

When Ava is in her apartment with Ben she gets a phone call. The phones screen shows the time as 1:10 PM. However, this scene is clearly established to be taking place at night. See more »

Quotes

Bernard: Are you still smoking marijuana?
Ava: Are you seriously blaming me for being possessed?
Bernard: I mean, it's a gateway drug, okay?
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Features Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) See more »

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Different Drum
Written by Jordan Galland & Sean Lennon
Performed by Sean Lennon & Karla Moheno
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Far better than it sounds
6 May 2016 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

"Ava's Possessions" follows the titular character, a young woman who wakes up one day tied to her bed after an exorcism. Having wrought havoc on the public during her demonic spree, she is ordered by the court to a "spiritual possessions anonymous" group to reorient herself. But in making amends with the people she wronged, she uncovers a plot deeper than mere possession.

While it may sound like a substandard and silly representation of the possession horror genre, "Ava's Possessions" is really a morbidly funny, mysterious, and amusing post-millennial riff on a subgenre that has been drowned in terrible found-footage films and badly-scripted Z-grade movies.

This film presents the aftermath of demonic possession in a contemporary world, albeit a topsy-turvy one in which such things as group therapy for ex-possessees are a real thing, and friends are insouciant to the fact that you've been taken over by a demonic entity. It's these kinds of idiosyncrasies that make the film slightly humorous, but it never really at any point becomes a comedy. The film is nicely shot and makes use of an overt neon color palette, which is rather beautiful. The performances overall are very good as well, with Louisa Krause as the semi-cynical Ava. Carol Kane also has a cameo as a downtown New York witch/botánica proprietor.

Overall, "Ava's Possessions" is an amusing, slightly sardonic, and energetic horror movie. It is not profound by any means, but it is a self-aware rewriting of the conventional possession film that came to be defined in the wake of "The Exorcist." It's a playful twisting of conventions, is nicely shot, and considerably well-acted. Those expecting a B or Z-grade possession flick should be nicely surprised.


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