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After a young girl purchases an antique wooden box at a yard sale, her behavior grows increasingly erratic. Frightened, her father seeks answers through a rabbi, who blames a dislocated ancient spirit (a “Dibbuk”) as the source of their troubles – a spirit that threatens to devour anyone inside of whom it resides. From the master of horror Sam Raimi comes this chilling true story that’s not to be missed.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 90
- Fresh: 36
- Rotten: 54
- Average Rating: 5.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Even if you resist the film's claims of being based on one family's actual experiences, "The Possession" is eerily enjoyable pulp.
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: Rather than embellish imaginatively, screenwriter Leslie Gornstein seems to have re-watched The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Unborn for inspiration.
Rotten: The evil spirit in "The Possession" should be embarrassed to call itself a demon.
A CREEPY BUT CLICHÉD HORROR FILM
"The Possession" is one of many films that have ripped off "The Exorcist" with its blatant premise about a young girl who becomes taken over by an evil demonic spirit, so it comes as sort of a surprise that this one throws a bit of Jewish mythology into the plot to liven things up. Supposedly based on a "true story", the flick tells the tale of a little girl (Natasha Calis) who becomes disturbingly obsessed with a mysterious ancient wooden box she finds at a yard sale. At first, her father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and mother (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm, but as their beloved daughter's behavior grows increasingly erratic, they both start to fear for the very worst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit from Jewish folklore that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host. Let's be honest. We've all seen some sort of lazy variation of this plot several times before, but that's not to say "The Possession" is a horrible horror flick because it isn't. In fact, I was surprised by most of the committed performances of its cast (particularly Morgan and Calis), and the direction was actually smooth and engaging to keep me interested the whole time (or at least till the climax finally rolled around). With that being said, nothing truly scary ever occurs in this film, well, unless your definition of "scary" happens to be a child screaming at the top of her lungs while random things like locusts and demonic whispers appear out of nowhere. Personally speaking, I ended up laughing at the events in the flick more than I did jumping in my seat, but at least the stylish visuals and atmospheric score by Anton Sanko are genuinely creepy. All in all, "The Possession" is a decent horror movie for everything it's trying to accomplish, but the story is filled with so many gaping plot holes and easily predictable film clichés that it hardly stands out as memorable. Nevertheless, it's still worth a rent for any fan of supernatural thrillers without all the gore and bad acting. As long as you keep your expectations fairly low, "The Possession" is a pretty basic but moderately enjoyable experience.
I was excited to see The Possession ever since I first saw the trailer for it. But sadly, it really wasn't as good as I expected. I really liked the concept of how unlike other exorcism movies, this one is Jewish. It was like a whole new step in possession movies, and I give this one credit for that. But, I went into this movie thinking that it would be scary, which I soon realized that it wasn't going to be. Other people may think that bugs coming out of a little girl's mouth and voices coming out of a box is scary, but I don't. The only really scary part was during the last 30 minutes, and I hate when movies seem to only try for the climax. Throughout the entire movie, I was hoping for something really freaky and scary to happen, but it never did. But I gotta say, the climax was great, even though it was the only part that I actually enjoyed. Besides the climax, this movie isn't a horror movie to me, it's more like a supernatural thriller. So overall, this movie is worth renting if you like supernatural movies, but if you don't really care for them, look elsewhere.
I thought it was good at the most part. I went with my friend and mom. My mom hated the paranormal activity movies and she liked this movie so it's a must see