The Possession (2012)

release date August 31 2012
studio Lionsgate
director Ole Bornedal
writer Juliet Snowden & Stiles White
starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport, Natasha Calis
tagline Darkness Lives Inside
trailer 1 Trailer #1


Story based on a haunted box purchased on Ebay that brings bad fortune to its possessors. Eventually being passed from one person to the next and causing all sorts of torment.

The film is in the vein of The Exorcist or The Shining, based on real events that transpired after a family wound up in possession of a haunted box, setting off a harrowing struggle to rid themselves of the box's evil curse. The real-life box gained notoriety in 2004 when it sold on eBay after causing inexplicable bad fortune to its owners which were attributed to a dibbuk - a malevolent spirit of Jewish folklore trapped in the haunted box.

Official: Based on a true story, 'The Possession' is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

Official Review

More than competently executed, The Possession is sort of a tough one to tackle. Visually, it’s great. The direction is assured and the performances are all pretty top notch. So why did I walk away from it feeling unsatisfied? After all, this is a perfectly classy movie! I guess it comes down to this – the movie divides its attentions so much that it renders itself toothless (except for one scene when it’s literally and terrifyingly toothless). And it has severe pacing issues. …Read More

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