The Possession (2012) Movie Review
Released : Aug. 31st, 2012
Reviewed : Sept. 1st, 2012
Genre : Horror
Story (from IMDB) :
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
This was honestly a lot better than expected. Sure I knew Sam Raimi had something to do with the film and though he wasn’t directing it like his last horror film “Drag Me To Hell” it did help me have a little more faith in it. The film is good and has some good twists and a good turn on the possession trend that seems to be all the same lately.
How most possession films deal with Catholic / Christian possession and exorcism this film goes into old Jewish history with it and deals with a Jewish exorcism. While it may not be big and really only has one scene that actually gives into the Jewish back story for the film it is different enough to help make it stand out. The film itself has a slower buildup with the occasional frightening scene. The film doesn’t try and go for the jump scene instead dwelling on trying to create frightening and bizarre scenes.
The buildup follows the usual theme for a lot of horror films where the child is put in a stressful environment (divorce) and for the most part the parents just ignore it until it is almost too late. I will say this movie did have one scene that lets say contains a lot of moths and it just made me wonder how if this was real life how any normal person wouldn’t just blow off the situation and act like it was completely normal.
The real treat is the ending where the possession scene is done decently enough with a few changes from the normal possession movie. There are also a few plot twists during the final scene and like any Sam Raimi film the end has that sudden twist that no one expects.
Overall the film won’t be remembered years from now or hold any high praise but for what it is worth it is decent enough and worth a view.