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It may be based on a true story, but that doesn't excuse the way The Possession repeatedly falls back on hoary ghost movie clichés -- or the uninentional laughs it provides.
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Director Ole Bornedal doesn't add a single idea of his own.
There may be need for an exorcist, but the power of Christ isn't going to compel the Jewish demon wreaking havoc in this competent but shopworn horror film.
The first half of The Possession is suitably atmospheric and reasonably creepy.
The film is basically a compendium of possessed-child clichés reaching back to The Exorcist.
Another horror movie about a little girl possessed by a demon? Seriously?
The script, credited to Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, adheres so closely to formula that it's possible to predict not only which characters will end up dead, but in what order ...
Familiar tropes require something original in execution for interest arousal, and The Possession simply does not deliver the goods.
The Possession is unlikely to unseat The Exorcist in the pantheon of this horror subject, but it nonetheless works.
It's a shame that the film couldn't have been possessed by the spirit of Sam Raimi. Or even Ted Raimi, for that matter.
By objectifying Jews as exotic others rather than presenting them as subjects, the Raimi production eliminates the precise element that would have been most powerful for a Jewish audience.
Not every film needs to reinvent the wheel, and nothing here is particularly ground-breaking, yet this is one of the more satisfying horror jaunts in quite some time.
...a better-than-expected variation on an exceedingly hoary theme...
An ok well made film, but again I have an issue with these 12A rated "horror" films, really need to be cranked up a little to be scary which would mean at least a 15 or 18 rating. It's just not that scary or jumpy, it has a good cast but it's too similar to many others of the genre. It could have been a lot better.
"Possession" is the one of latest possessed/exorcism Horror movie to come out. It follows a simple formula, little girl buys mysterious box, box contains demon, and demon possesses girl. From there her divorced parents argue, and ultimately come together to try to save her. But, this movie uses a Jewish exorcism instead of a Catholic one, so it is different. It's fine for what it is, and not better or worse than any of the other movies like this. I will say that a couple of the effects are done very good(the girls eye, and the fingers in her throat). That alone helps separate this, but it's not enough to really say "man, this rises above the rest!" The cast are hit and miss, and exactly what you would expect in a movie like this. Horror fans like myself will probably like this for a one time watch, but I doubt anyone will really like this above other movies in the genre.
I may possibly have been a little generous with my rating here, but I found this movie much creepier than the majority of fims in this genre lately. It is well done, and not over-the-top at all...which I find is a common flaw with most horror films. Light on the gore, and minimal shock factor here. If you need those, this is not a film for you. While it claims to be based on a true story, the only truth about it is the box. Everything else is pure Hollywood. But, someone did their homework on such phenomena as evil spirits, and ancient folklore, and I really liked that twist.
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