The Possession


The Possession

Critics Consensus

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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Based on a true story, The Possession is the terrifying account of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host. -- (C) Lionsgate


Kyra Sedgwick
as Stephanie
as Tzadok
Rob LaBelle
as Russell
Anna Hagan
as Eleanor
Brenda Crichlow
as Miss Shandy
Jay Brazeau
as Professor McMannis
Iris Quinn
as Doctor
Graeme Duffy
as Lab Tech
Chris Shields
as Assistant Coach
Adam Young
as Preston
Jim Thorburn
as First Responder
Quinn Lord
as Student
Nimet Kanji
as Nurse Patty
James O'Sullivan
as Pest Control Guy
Marilyn Norry
as Principal
John Cassini
as Stephanie's Attorney
Josh Whyte
as Player
Greg Rogers
as Dr. Walterson
Agam Darshi
as Court Representative
Tim Perez
as Officer
Jordan Stein
as Hasidic Teen
Charles Siegel
as Hasidic #1
Ari Solomon
as Hasidic #2
Alex Bruhanski
as Hasidic #3
Richard Newman
as Hasidic #4
Sol Pavony
as Hasidic Rabbi
Erin Simms
as Possessed Italian Girl
Frank Ferrucci
as Italian Priest
Sharmaine Yeoh
as Possessed Islamic Girl
Antoine Safi
as Islamic Male Exorcist
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  • Mar 16, 2019
    Does it's thing pretty fine, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is perfectly capable, but God I am so over this exact formula cropping up in the genre over and over and over. The Possession doesn't have a single thing that makes it noteworthy.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2015
    A sturdy reprisal of an all too familiar premise and subtle, above-par performances are both pulverised into a pulp of annoying special effects and a boring and depressing tone. The film starts good and wobbles slightly towards a satisfactory conclusion.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2013
    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.
    Dean K Super Reviewer

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