After purchasing an antique box at a yard sale, an unsuspecting young girl (Natasha Calis) makes the horrifying discovery that a malicious ancient spirit dwells inside it. Once the evil spirit takes possession of her, the girl’s father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) joins forces with his ex-wife (Kyra Sedgwick) to determine how to rid their child of the curse.
Director: Ole Bornedal (“Deliver Us from Evil,” “Just Another Love Story”)
Writers: Juliet Snowden (“Knowing,” “Boogeyman”) and Stiles White (“Knowing,” “The Boogeyman”)
ORIGINALITY RATING: Low. Normally it would be hard for me to take a horror flick like this seriously since demonic possession is such a tired premise. What makes it more difficult is that I already read the real accounts that form the “based on a true story” potion of this movie. In real life no one was actually “possessed” and it definitely wasn’t a little girl. There was an evil spirit tormenting people in their sleep and making them feel like they had been beaten up. However that honestly would be more interesting than the idea they ran with. What’s bizarre is that the trailer plugs this as a Sam Raimi produced horror film, which isn’t smart if they’re actually trying to scare people. Raimi’s horror is good but it’s campy and fun, a vibe you definitely don’t get from this trailer. The only reasons I can think of to watch “The Possession” would be the novelty of seeing Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a nice-guy father type, and the hilarity of musician Matisyahu playing the rabbi trying to cure her.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Hardcore horror fans that can’t help themselves when it comes to films about demonic possession. If you appreciate Juliet Snowden and Stiles White’s previous collaborations “Knowing” and “The Boogeyman” then you’re likely to get into “The Possession.”