The Possession (2012)



Critic 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
PG-13 (for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Kyra Sedgwick
as Stephanie
as Tzadok
Grant Show
as Brett
Rob LaBelle
as Russell
Nana Gbewonyo
as Darius
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
Robert Morrissette
as Hasidic #5
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
Ned Bellamy
as Trevor
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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (23)

Director Ole Bornedal doesn't add a single idea of his own.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The first half of The Possession is suitably atmospheric and reasonably creepy.

Full Review… | September 1, 2012
Top Critic

The film is basically a compendium of possessed-child clichés reaching back to The Exorcist.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Another horror movie about a little girl possessed by a demon? Seriously?

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Top Critic

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 ...

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
New York Post
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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


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 King
Dean King

Super Reviewer


"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.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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