When parents Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) go their separate ways, their children Em (Natasha Calis) and Hannah (Madison Davenport) spend their time divided between the two. Having moved into a new home, Clyde’s daughter points out a garage sale, in order to get some much needed items. It’s at this sale that Em, stumbles across a wooden box, with Hebrew text written on it. But Em is unaware of the boxes history, and the horror that lies inside.
Produced by Sam Raimi, The Possession is one of the much-anticipated movies of 2012, with possession and exorcism tales a constant current trend, writer Juliet Snowden and Stiles White obviously felt the need to tell this type of story, from a non-Catholic perspective, and to some degree it’s a great angle to tackle the story from.
Matisyahu stars as Tzadok the Jewish expert that Clyde calls on when he discovers his daughter is possessed by something not of this world. It’s the character of Tzadok that really kind of makes the movie, especially when you look at the highly unorthodox exorcism that is carried out towards the end of the movie.
The Possession is not the scary movie it thinks it is, which is really quite sad, it sits very much in the same sort of place that Drag Me To Hell does, a mix of Hollywood style comedy and horror, and ultimately very tame, and dare I say it a touch predictable. You really kind of know exactly where the story is going right from the first twenty minutes, this is child-horror, and certainly not going to provide any scares for adults.
The above statement taken into account, The Possession is not a bad movie, it’s enjoyable, well paced, funny, and has some great characters bought to life by excellent performers. The locations are well selected, the camerawork well framed.
If you are looking for a scare this Autumn try Sinister, if you are looking for a so-so horror tale that you can take the kids too (providing they get through age checks), then this might be right up your street.