The Possession of Michael King (2014)
Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn't believe in God or The Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment - allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him - in the hopes that when they fail, he'll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go. Dale Dickey (IRON MAN 3), Tomas Arana(GLADIATOR), and Julie McNiven ("Mad Men") co-star in this intense supernatural spine-tingler from the producers of WHITE NOISE and THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT. (c) Anchor Bay … More
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Critic Reviews for The Possession of Michael King
Nowhere near as rigorous as the "Paranormal Activity" movies it superficially resembles, writer-director David Jung's increasingly unpleasant, rarely frightening debut feature won't possess screens for long.
Why would a possessed Michael continue to operate the camera or even turn on night vision? You simply can't capitalize on a filmmaking fad by shortchanging the audience.
Dim in wits and lighting, "The Possession of Michael King" strains our eyes, spits on our intelligence and saps our generosity of spirit.
After an efficient start, The Possession Of Michael King drags, weighing itself down with genre conventions the filmmakers don't seem to understand or care about.
It's a testament to director David Jung's smart script and Shane Johnson's performance that Michael King's decisions seem largely free of horror-movie logic - the stubborn refusal to acknowledge danger, an insistence on going it alone.
Potentially intriguing questions about faith and organized religion are quickly jettisoned in favor of cheap scare tactics and formulaic gore.
When a premise is juicy enough and the accompanying script is good enough, it can go a long way in smoothing over certain irksome deficiencies. For that matter, so can a host of legitimately earned scares.
Jung's film goes through all the machinations of a found footage possession film with about as much creative spark as an apathetic teen checking off a list in a film class that he hates.
While David Jung's debut film ticks all of the right genre boxes and works well technically it suffers from simply lacking originality and being another in a rather long list of found footage chillers.
Conventional horror that doesn't scare or provoke thought about the afterlife. It's a brick of clichés, repellent characterization, and bad acting.
The Possession of Michael King is nothing new, but it gets the job done.
...if The Possession Of Michael King had embraced its movie-ness, it might've said something powerful about what it's like to be Michael King.
Here comes another in a long line of generic "found footage" films that only halfheartedly embraces the "found" documentary format popularized by the breakthrough 1999 horror tale The Blair Witch Project.
A "skeptic is converted" story hampered by the limitations of the found footage format.
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