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The Possession of Michael King (2014)



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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 Baymore
Rating: R (for disturbing and violent content, language, some drug use and sexual material)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Jung
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On DVD: Aug 25, 2014
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Julie McNiven
as Beth King
Ella Anderson
as Ellie King
Cara Pifko
as Samantha King
Dale Dickey
as Beverly
Tomas Arana
as Augustine
Cullen Douglas
as Mortician
Jed Rees
as Jordan
Tobias Jelinek
as Father Gibbons
Shirley Jordan
as Middle Aged Woman
Rebecca Clemente
as Adult Park Goer #1
Vanessa Huebner
as Adult Park Goer #2
Gabriel Ríos Gómez
as Adult Park Goer #3
Isaiah Ortiz
as Child Park Goer
Ramona Farrington
as Audience Member
Erika C. Perez
as Ambulance Caller
Carol Hickerson
as Entranced Audience M...
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Critic Reviews for The Possession of Michael King

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2014
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Dim in wits and lighting, "The Possession of Michael King" strains our eyes, spits on our intelligence and saps our generosity of spirit.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

"The Possession of Michael King" is more scary than original.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Possession of Michael King

Pretty run-of-the-mill. The Eponymous Michael could have (SHOULD have) been an interesting character, but he's too much of a D-bag to really care what happens to him.


While it has been criticized for its plot (yes, the protagonist is stupid, but is that really new to horror films?), The Possession of Michael King is actually a thoroughly enjoyable, creepy found-footage possession film that brings in some new elements to the genre. If you are willing to grant its premise and forgive its errors, then I think fans of Satanic/demonic possession films will find something to like here.

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