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Exclusive: The Dibbuk Box Will Be Opened Again With ‘The Possession 2’

I didn’t really like Lionsgate and Ghost House’s The Possession, Ole Bornedal’s 2012 haunter that was based on the true story of the Jewish Dibbuk box. I may have disliked the flick, but the ratings on Netflix and various VOD channels show that the general viewing audience dug the flick. Maybe coupled with that, and the fact that it has grossed over $75 million worldwide has to do with the following scoop.

While Raimi has openly acknowledged that he could see a sequel in the future (Aug. 31), we’ve learned that a second Jewish exorcism will eventually take place. CBS Films’ The Last Exorcism Part II isn’t performing as strongly as the studio had hoped, making only an estimated $3 million on Friday, but that doesn’t mean its longevity won’t be successful. These “low budget” horror films are incredibly fruitful, and building on franchises is hotter than ever (see Paranormal, Sinister, Insidious, Last Exorcism, etc.). The makers behind The Possession hope to jump into the fold and turn their exorcism film into their own franchise.

Good Universe, who has a hand in Universal’s Oldboy reboot, is part of the development process; although, we’re told they don’t even have a writer attached yet. To say we’re breaking this news early is an understatement. But rest assured, The Possession 2 is coming.

The 2012 film, originally titled Dibbuk Box, was the story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. In it, “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.



  • Aaron Emery

    I liked the first one well enough but come on! I am sick to death of exorcism films. What is wrong with just having one standalone film? Not everything needs to be a franchise. Has a sequel to an exorcism film ever worked? The recent LAST EXORCISM 2 hasn’t received one good review, it goes all the way back to THE EXORCIST PART II which was awful (PART III was fantastic though). Nearly every one of these movies is the same “slow burn” setup with the same pay off every time. I’m actually reading the book THE EXORCIST right now for the first time and I would rather read it again than see another half-assed film.

  • evenscarier

    Are you sure this is on Netflix? I haven’t seen it listed.

  • horrorking95

    I was one of the few who really enjoyed The Possession, but I can see a sequel being a flop. The Exorcist is the king of all posession films. It’s much imitated but has never been bettered. I watched it again on Saturday and it still manages to pack a great punch! The final exorcism scene is just masterful, gripping, heart-stopping and terrifying stuff! I’ve yet to see a scene that betters it! But I’ll try and stay open minded about The Possession 2!

  • EvilHead1981

    The Possession was better than I thought, though the best parts of it was probably the final act. I honestly can’t stand the characters. I know they try to make it somewhat realistic by writing these characters soaked in drama, but do we really need a fuckin pre-hippie vegan activist younger daughter and a moody, bitchy stereotypical “I’m, pissed because of divorce and the fact I’m a teenage girl, and we are always moody, sarcastic bitches!” older daughter. I know there ARE some girls like that, but seriously, a movie’s purpose is to be entertaining and not to annoy the hell out of your audience. If you have to sugar-coat some aspects of reality, so be it. I’ve known some duochbags in real life, and though I can relate, it doesn’t mean I’d want to see a full movie dedicated to a group of unlikable pricks with no redeeming qualities. I want something bearable. Something that doesn’t make me roll my eyes. The characters(with the exception of Matisyahu, who was surprisingly not only one of the best characters, one of the more likable ones) were just uninteresting, heavy dramatic shit for the sake of shit. If they continue that, I don’t think I’d be interested in a second one. The idea behind this type of possession(Dybbuk) and the Jewish mysticism is cool, but if there are more of these types of characters(which make me wanna murder puppies), I’m out!

  • ThunderDragoon

    I actually liked The Possession. I thought it was a really solid film. Like horrorking95, I can see the sequel being a flop. I don’t know, there just wasn’t that much buzz around the movie. And there really have been a lot of exorcism movies coming out lately. I feel like people will be like, “Another one of these? Eh, I’ll pass.” Maybe the fact that it’s Jewish-themed will help it out a little bit.

  • Slasher_Lover23

    The first one wasn’t horrible, but it sure as hell doesn’t deserve a sequel.

  • The first film was the epitome of a forgettable experience; most PG-13 horror movies are weak by default, but ‘The Possession” seem to cater to the tween girl market than adults, which ruined its effect. I’m sure a sequel won’t fix that, but here’s hoping.

    The best thing I read in the article is that “The Last Exorcism Part 2” is under-performing! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Word of mouth prevails! The movie was horrible and deserves to fail.

  • Canucklehead

    While I neither loved nor hated the first film, I can just aboot guarantee that the sequel will be lame

  • Evan3

    The Possession has stolen all the money it ever will for me. It only has somewhat of a decent standing in my mind because Sinister had higher expectations and was equally as “blah” and I watched them back to back. No thanks to a Possession 2.

  • Aaron Emery

    If the first movie came out ten years ago it wouldn’t get all of the hate that it does now. I don’t even say that because it’s recycled material, I say it because many people seem to have a hard time forgetting other movies in a certain subgenre before seeing something new. An exorcism movie can’t be made without comparing it to THE EXORCIST (I even mentioned it in my comment above), but a slasher movie can be made without being compared to HALLOWEEN. We can watch THE WALKING DEAD every week and not compare it to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. A ghost story can be seen without referencing POLTERGEIST or THE CHANGELING… Why is that? I understand we see a lot of these movies, but zombies are burnt out too. If a movie were judged on its own merit rather than being compared to a classic everybody might be able to enjoy it more.
    THE POSSESSION was well shot, atmospheric and suspenseful. I have a hard time buying into it just being labeled as “crap”. I feel like that is a cop out, if you don’t like something that is fine but have a good reason not to. Saying that a movie sucked because it was typical PG-13 fare doesn’t cut it either, there is plenty of PG-13 movies that are effective. I wouldn’t think a movie about a possession/exorcism would need an R rating, these are the types of movies built on atmosphere and suspense.
    Now I wouldn’t say that it was a perfect movie, or that it was truly unique but it did what it set out to do. No it doesn’t need a sequel though, it holds up on its own and should be left alone. We don’t need a sequel to every fucking movie that shows the slightest financial success.

    • Scorpionsy

      If you liked The Possession…then did you watch and like The Apparition (which has the biggest-spoiler movie poster ever…it basically tells you what happens in the end)…both for me were very bad possession/poltergeist-style movies…with The Apparition being the worst of them (ripping off scenes from Dark Water (the dark-moldy blot on the ceiling/wall) and from The Grudge (a Grudge-like look-a-like came out crawling in once scene)…just utter garbage. Luckily I did not pay to watch that last movie.

    • Evan3

      @Aaron Emery – I’m sorry, but this movie doesn’t need comparison to be a crappy film. The problem all modern exorcism films seem to face is that they don’t show anything, nothing happens (this is especially true of The Last Exorcism). During the climax/big pay off, we spent time watching people run around and had to settle for glimpses through strobe lights – not cary and slightly annoying. Further, why even bother with Jewish exorcism if they aren’t going to fully integrate the religious aspect into the film. Other than an Orthodox Jew performing the exorcism, there was nothing setting this apart from any other religion or folk tale.Then of course, there is the flaw that everyone has to act in an absolutely stupid manner. When scares come, they are overwrought (the dentist scare was more comical than creepy).

      The Exorcist succeeded because, after an hour-plus of slow build up and character development, it allowed us to watch the exorcism in all its glory, it intertwined gorgeous middle east imagery and lore, and of course, the characters were rational and made believable decisions. Not so in this movie, or any other recent exorcism movie.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Yeah, I’m with the consensus here. Besides making more money, WHY in the fuck are they making another Possession movie????? I LIKED the first one, but it was barely above average. Although, this news doesn’t shock me too much. Remember the ending to The Possession? It was VERY cliffhanger-esque, so you had to expect a follow-up film.

    But yeah, I’m 99% sure Possession 2 is going to suck ass, donkey ass in fact. I just watched the horrendous The Last Exorcism Part II on Friday, so I have NO faith for any successful sequels to exorcism movies. lol.

  • KnightOfTears

    I liked The Possession, but a sequel is nothing more than a Hollywood reach to profit from an already told original story. It is somewhat sickening that they are even considering a sequel.

  • Scorpionsy

    I had high hopes for The Possession (Dibbuk Box)…but it failed so miserably for me. It was a non-scary horror movie.

    They really ruined it. They could have stuck to the real events that took place as they are more terrifying.

    Guys, if you want to watch the Real Dibbuk Box story with re-enactments that are actually SCARY (it has some freakishly scary old-hag in awesome scary makeup) then find and watch the second (or fourth …i cannot recall) episode of Season 2 of the TV show called “PARANORMAL WITNESS”. The real story is really freaky..and it is real. Unlike this pile of garbage of a movie.

    • Scorpionsy

      I found it…it is Paranormal.Witness.S02E04.The.Dybbuk.Box

      Yes, the episode is called “The Dybbuk Box”.

  • Dani_MH

    I didn’t like the first one, me disappointed and even I get bored, me to passed the same with “MAMA” had eager to see her and after seeing it, my opinion is that it is not necessary to a sequel as is is speaking, there will be people that you liked there and I certainly respect him but “The Possesion” promised to be more and my stayed in anything…

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