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The Possession: Uncut Edition [DVD]
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2013
I am a big horror fan and found this very enjoyable. Supposedly based on true events,but make of that what you will.
It starts off with a woman about to smash a box with a hammer,she's atacked be an unseen force and is thrown around.
Then the main story kicks in,as two girls spend time with their father (recently seperated from his wife),Emily finds an antique box at a yard sale and soon becomes obsessed with it.
Her behaviour becomes increasingly odd after she has trouble getting into the box,but finally opens it. In it she finds a dead moth and a ring which she slips on her finger,a ring that is clearly not wise to wear.
Soon moths becomes very much a part of the story,making their presence known.
As things get more and more sinister,it soon becmes clear...the box shouldn't have been opened! Too late!

This didn't disappoint,it may not be fantastic or highly original,but it works fine as a supernatural horror,one i think most horror fans will enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERon 29 December 2014
This is a very creepy and scary chiller.
Harry Dean Stanton plays Clyde, a forty-something single father, coming to terms with divorce and setting up a new home on his own. Kyra Sedgwick plays Stephanie, the similarly aged ex-wife, who's kept the former matrimonial home and has custody of the two children, Emily aged ten, and Anna aged twelve.
The girls stay with their dad on contact weekends. During one of these weekends, Clyde buys an ornately carved wooden box for Emily, which they find at a neighbour's yard sale. Emily keeps the box in a bedroom at her father's house, and before long, her behaviour starts to change dramatically. She becomes obsessive and possessive about the box, and uses physical violence against her dad and one of the boys at her school. A school teacher then dies in bizarre fashion. Just as was the case when the little girl in The Exorcist became possessed, things here get seriously disturbing when the evil spirit harboured by the box, takes control of Emily's mind and body... The MRI scene is brilliantly staged.
This is a very skilfully crafted horror film. It's well acted and tautly directed. It has a very high level of tension right from the outset, and several edge of the seat (nay, change of underwear) moments. Harry Dean Stanton gives a very likeable performance in the lead role as the concerned dad, Kyra Sedgwick is equally good as the fiercely protective mother, and the two child actors give excellent performances. The film score is perfectly judged and the cinematography is polished. The film is genuinely scary at several key moments, pretty much on a par with the shock factor of a movie like, say, The Exorcist. My partner and I watched this film together, and both of us were gripped throughout.
If you like excellent films about ghosts and demonic possessions, i.e. movies like The Entity, The Exorcist, Banshee Chapter, The Conjuring and Poltergeist, you'll probably like this movie too - Entity [Blu-ray] [1982] [US Import], The Exorcist [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free], Banshee Chapter [DVD], The Conjuring [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free], Poltergeist (25th Anniversary Edition) [DVD] [1982].
Highly recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2013
Surprisingly good film, most enjoyable. My kind of film, plenty cushion gripping moments, if you like horror without too much gore watch this film.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2012
I am extremely surprised The Possession received negative reviews. It is hard to understand why the critics did not like the film at all. I thoroughly enjoyed the Possession, as it kept me on the edge of the seat for long periods. There is hardly a moment of calmness in the film. One quite moment gradually becomes a moment to scare the lights out of you when least expected. The vital ingredients of pace, gripping moments and settings have been well assembled to deliver a supernatural horror film, to keep viewers entertained and thrilled.

Believe it or not, the Possession has been inspired by true events. I am doubtful whether every single fact is correct. It is difficult to comment on this. Having watched the film, it creates a spooky and creepy atmosphere. The surprise element is strongly felt. An average American suburban area has been affected by the haunting events. It starts with a mysterious box attempted to be opened and containing valuables treasures. There is a curse behind the box. If you are in pocession of the box, then the demon curses you. The opening sequences set the tone of the film. A middle aged woman has been cursed and her life changes forever. The focus is on one family. The couple are divorced and share custody of two young girls. The younger girl experiences the horrifying moments, as she herself has been controlled and her behaviour arouses concerns from the family. This happens as she becomes obsessed with the mysterious box purchased in a stall. It becomes clear of what is happening. In order to combat the spirits, there is a special ritual to perform. The significance of the box becomes clear. There is a history behind the box. It is interesting and fascinating to learn about.

Possession falls into the category of a supernatural horror film.From watching the film, you can tell it has been inspired by well known supernatural horror films. One notable example is Excorcism. Many of the scenes feature demons and spirits. These scenes are scary. It does not have the traditional settings of a classic supernatural horror film, but still equally effective as the right location has been carefully selected. Much of the film takes place in a quite suburban area. There are unused houses in the area. I enjoyed the film. It kept me enthralled. It does the job well of what a horror film should achieve with audience. I saw many frigthened faces in the cinema hall. This shows the level of impact on the audience. Despite the negative reviews, I did not see much flaws exposed in the film. I disagree with the critics reviews on this ocasion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2014
A decent possession movie that is based on a true story. OK ... so the makers of the film must have taken a few liberties to make the film into a thriller ... but even so, scary stuff.

I enjoy a thriller that is half believable and "The Possession" was. What I admired about this film was that there were no named actors and yet those involved in making this movie, acting and directional staff alike, did a fine job in keeping the viewers attention until the very last scenes.

I would recommend "The Possession" to all thriller seekers but to make sure the kids are in bed first!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Clyde and his wife Stephanie are divorced and their daughters live with their mother and spend the weekends with their father.

One day, Clyde stops his car in a yard sale and his youngest, Emily buys an antique carved box and becomes obsessed with it.

She finds the hidden lock and releases an evil spirit that possesses her.

Clyde seeks out a specialist and when he sees the box, he explains that it is a Dibbuk Box, where a demon is trapped inside....

Its basically The Exorcist for the PG-13 generation, and is that sounds the pits, wait until you see the finished product. It's one of those movies where you end up shouting at the movie because of the sheer stupidity of the characters.

Morgan, the cut price Clooney/Javier Bardem hybrid, plays the basketball coach who is the only person who lives in his suburb, but has access to a hoop. Things start going strange when his youngest turns into a goth and starts acting strange.

He hasn't got to worry about his other daughter, because she is just some freaky Lindsay Lohan doppelgänger, so he concentrates on her.

Now what really vexed me the most about this was the fact that he didn't just get rid of it, the moment she started to act a little odd, and when he did, he just threw it away in the nearest dumpster, not burn it, or bury it in the north sea.

But the film states at the beginning, if you try and destroy it, you will get bells palsy, and the only way to get rid of the spirit is to hire a Rabbi who just bounces up and down.

It's not well acted, the makers go for the shock factor of loud strings, and the fact that Raimi assisted somewhat on the production, just makes it that little more depressing.

Do yourself a favour, watch the exorcist instead...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Possession is directed by Ole Bornedal and written by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. It stars Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and Madison Davenport. Music is by Anton Sanko and cinematography by Dan Lausten.

Film is based upon a story involving a Jewish Dybbuk Box that unleashes a demonic spirit that tries to take control of a human being.

Actually it really isn't as bad as the ratings it currently holds on the big internet movie sites suggests it is. Based on a true story (of course it is since that is the go to phrase in horror these days), The Possession boasts some very good acting performances, some genuinely chilling scenes (I dread my next X-RAY) and a good emotional pull as the Brenek family, already struggling to come to terms with the divorce of the elders, has to fight to keep the youngest daughter from total inhabitation by the demon Abizu. It also turns out to be deftly filmed, with creepy sound effects and muted colours aiding the atmosphere.

Is it fresh and exciting? A new dawn for the possessed child sub-genre of horror? No of course not. It's ripe with clichés and the film gets away from itself in the crucial last quarter. Yet it has a throwback quality and care of characters on the page that lifts it above stinker status. Crucially, also, is that it offers up a different spin on the Exorcism formula. The PG-13 and 15 certificates tell you it's not going to be gore strewn and horrifically pant soiling, and that turns out to be the case, but this is most definitely a good thing here and keeps the horror on a human character driven level.

Good but not great, but a decent night in if ultimately you wont remember much about it a month later. 6.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The film opens with the "based on a true story" claim. It follows this claim with a man coming home to find his mom possessed by a demon. Yes, I remember mom being possessed by demons. I warned her about burning those black candles, drinking goat's blood, and opening strange ancient boxes with Hebrew letters.

After the credits, the story then moves on to Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the almost big time basketball coach, his divorced wife Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick), and two adorable daughters he has for the weekend in his new home on Always Dreary Lane. Em (Natasha Calis) the younger, more adorable, and better actor of his two daughters buys a box at a yard sale and the next thing you know the movie transforms itself into a mediocre Jewish exorcism film.

The highlight for me was the MRI scene. I would like to see Natasha Calis get smacked around er ah star in more horror films. You can keep the rest of that lot. I found myself getting bored during some of the better scenes. At 92 minutes, it seemed like 2 hours. Dialogue lacked decent hooks. Oh wait. That's because this was "based on a true story."

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. No moths were harmed in the filming of this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2014
As this is only a 15 rating, it will come as no suprise that this isn't the most graphic of horror films. In fact, it was really rather tame. Ten year old Em becomes over protective of a wooden box she found at a yard sale and her behaviour becomes more erratic as whatever was in the box slowly possesses her.
There wasn't enough detail & too many leaps in the story to make this a good film. Consequently, I found the atmosphere failed to develop as it should and I found myself watching it with a rather external critic eye as opposed to being part of the story. Em's mother agrees to a rather brutal exorcism by a strange Jew in a matter of seconds and never seems to question why her new found boyfriend disappears suddenly. The climax of the story should be the exorcism but I found it a bit tame and far too quick. The physical representation of the demon was good and so much more could have been done with this. When you compare this scene with classic films such as The Exorcist, it seems very bland.
This is a fairly basic horror film with little to lift it out of the banal and run of the mill. I suspect it was produced in a hurry to jump on the band wagon of other excellent horror films but it failed to make the grade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2015
One of your reviewers gave this one star and said "crap". No explanation as to why, so no idea what they think is great. I suspect that what they think is great , some may find crap. It's a view. Nothing else. I thought this was pretty good for a film of this type with some decent acting, partcularly the younger sister who became possessed. we'll have to watch her. Remember when the Fanning sisters first came to our notice? Look at them now. Added to that, it made a change to see a Jewish and not a Christian exorcism! I have no religious belief but quite enjoy this sort of stuff, if it's done half well. This was. There were some creepy moments, some humour. No, not crap - there's plenty of that about - look at what Sky has to offer, and all those channels!
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