Looking back is a feature here, whereby I watch an old film I may or may not have seen already and then give it a review afterwards. Typically these will be films that aren’t on general release at the cinema, as those will just appear in the normal reviews section.
As I say, the Looking Back feature will be a chance to view and review older films and may hopefully give my readers the opportunity to have their say on a chosen film in the comments, I might even be able to unlock a hidden gem for people to watch or maybe someone has a recommendation for me.
Director: Ole Bornedal
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis
Synopsis: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
I recently viewed The Possession on Netflix, I had not seen any trailers or any other promotional work and went in blind, whether this benefited me or not I’m not really sure. The Possession came across a serviceable enough horror movie but didn’t do enough to stay in my mind for any amount of time afterwards.
The story behind The Possession is, apparently, a true one, and centres around an object known as a dybbuk box. This box contains an evil spirit which is unleashed when John Winchester, sorry Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s daughter comes across the box at a car boot sale and is immediately drawn to it. Slowly but surely the demon inside the box starts to take control of Em (Calis), she lashes out at her father, attacks a fellow pupil at her school and attracts moths, lots of moths.
The story flounders along, and instead of taking time to really develop character or create a sense of tension, it is used more to take us from one scare to another without any real development to make them worthwhile. As we progress through film, Em’s state of mind deteriorates as she becomes even more consumed by the demon. This all leads to a slightly predictable ending in quite possibly the least busy hospital I have ever seen.
The characters are mostly one-dimensional here. Jeffrey Dean Morgan does well enough and comes across as a wounded father trying to reunite with his daughters, until one of them gets possessed that is, silly girl. The two daughters, played by Natasha Calis and Madison Davenport succeed at playing teenage girls and not much else, once Calis’ Em is possessed she becomes annoying and at times unbearable to the point where I wasn’t bothered if anyone can save her or not. Kyra Sedgwick plays the motherly figure well enough, but again she does nothing to be a memorable figure. I feel this is down to the material and screen time given, as opposed to a lack of talent from any of the actors.
The special effects are mostly top-notch. Their best use coming in one disturbing bathroom scene. The script on the other hand is fairly basic and provides nothing for the actors to really get their teeth into, which is a shame as both Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are very talented and deserve more than what they are given here.
In Summary: A passable Friday night horror movie, with a few scares along it’s 92 minute run time, but it will do nothing to stick in your mind or warrant a second viewing at any point.