What is it about Hollywood and shoe-horning demons into little girls? You’d think it’s getting a little old now, especially when most of the demon possession movies we see nowadays are “Based on true events.”
True events. Riiiiggghhht.
Anyway, let’s have a look at The Possession.
Meet Em, a thirteen year-old girl caught with her older sister in the middle of a custody battle between her divorced parents – Clyde, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Stephanie, played by Kyra Sedgewick.
When Clyde buys a new house, he decides to stop off at a yard sale to pick up some items to furnish it, including a creepy looking box that Em decides she would like to have in her room.
Little do they know that the box is a prison for an evil Jewish demon and despite all the massive warnings carved on the outside of the box, they still take it home.
Before long, strange shit starts happening in their house and it all seems to be centred around Em, who is either having the worst PMS of her short life, or has just made friends with an evil entity that wants nothing more than to come into being and vote for the Republican party in the US elections.
The Possession has its moments. The first half is definitely the scariest part of the movie, but as we get closer to the end – and the eventual supernatural grande finale in the form of a Jewish Exorcism – the movie falls a bit flat. In fact, it goes form mildly entertaining to downright corny in the space of about ten minutes.
Look, there’s only so much you can do in these types of religious horror movies to keep people at the edge of their seats. But eventually you have to reveal the demon and, well, that’s where my opinion of the movie went from “holy crap, this could actually happen” to “holy crap, I think I saw an episode of Morph that looked better than this”.
Okay, so credit where credit is due, for the most part, The Possession is a creepy, eerie, scary movie. Ole Bornedal doesn’t do a bad job of creating something that is semi-believable and that even made me jump a few times – and I don’t scare easily in movies.
But overall, The Possession is neither here nor there. It’s adequate enough.
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