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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 Bay

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Cast

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
Michael Ray Escamilla
as Sound Engineer
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 Member
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

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.

August 23, 2014 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

August 22, 2014 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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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.

August 22, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
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Dim in wits and lighting, "The Possession of Michael King" strains our eyes, spits on our intelligence and saps our generosity of spirit.

August 21, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Times
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"The Possession of Michael King" is more scary than original.

August 21, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Arizona Republic
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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.

August 21, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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The Possession of (Insert name here) is such a generic title for any film. That along with The Disappearance Of...those are the two laziest names you can probably think of. Because of that, and this is probably subconscious on my part, I'm hesitant to watch these films as I feel they may also be lazy or uninspired. I realize that's wrong on my part and how it shouldn't be that way. But that's just how my mind works at times. With that said, this film is pretty decent all things considered and does a good job at showcasing Michael's descent into madness. Personally, and I'm not sure if they intended for this to happen, but I believe Michael was suffering from severe mental health issues. This has nothing to do with my own personal beliefs, I don't believe demons are real and reported cases of "demonic possession" are just people with SEVERE mental health problems. These are just facts, it's not a matter of opinion. This is science. We can study and find out exactly what was wrong with this person. Just because this person is acting exactly like a demon in a book about demons doesn't make it true all of a sudden. But there's just something about the movie that invites this theory. If it wasn't for the fact that Michael himself was a nonbeliever going through this, then I wouldn't have thought of it. Of course there's a little wrinkle in my theory...there's this scene where Henry, going outside the house because he hears a noise, suddenly looks up and sees a demon in the window. Either the demon was real or the audience is also suffering from mental issues. This is really a pet peeve to be perfectly honest, but it does put a wrinkle in the theory. The acting is fairly solid, particularly at the lead. It's not like this movie is gonna win Breaking Bad amount of awards for its topnotch cast, but it is fairly solid for a low-budget horror flick. It is a found-footage film, so you know what to expect here. I will say that this isn't one of the worst. In terms of camerawork and shakiness. This follows, for the most part, the style set by the Paranormal Activity movies in that cameras are set up in different rooms. There's also handheld camerawork. Much like I mentioned, it's not as horrible as in the worst found footage flicks, but I'm sure it will still annoy some people. What I enjoyed about the movie, even if I thought it was decent and not good, was how well spread out the horror was. Rather, how well-built up it actually was. You can gradually see a change in Michael's behavior, beliefs, and condition. It's not like the movie seems to be one thing, but it isn't, and then at a random point later in the movie everything is different without any real reason or progression. You can notice the progression...or degression in Michael and I don't think that's something a lot of low-budget horror movies do particularly well. So good job in this regard. I don't really have any idea why I gave the film a 2.5 instead of 3 stars, but it is what it is. An average score isn't nearly as bad in the horror genre as it is in any other, that's for damn sure. This is a decent rental...it's definitely nothing more than that.

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