Films | Possession – Movie Review

Possession – Movie Review

Posted by Vivek on October 7, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert, J.R. Young, Stephen Susco, Kelli Konop
DIRECTOR – Ole Bornedal
WRITER – Juliet Snowden, Stiles White, Leslie Gornstein (an article – ‘Jinx in a Box’)
CAST – Callis, Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan,
MUSIC – Anton Sanko

As far as narrative goes we are seeing a bit of going back to older narratives now and then. In the horror genre, we recently had ‘The Woman In Black’ starring Daniel Radcliffe made in the tradition of atmospheric horror films that do not depend on the tropes of computer graphics. Possession, with a self-proclaimed dedication to ‘Exorcist’ serves up a horror story in a similar vein where it dredges up sound and ambient props to instill fear.

Said to be based on a true story, Possession is about a suburban family of a divorced couple and their two daughters. The younger one Emily (Natasha Calis) gets hold of an antique box at a flea market without knowing what happened to its last owner. For being inside the box resides a dybbuk, a malevolent spirit according to Jewish legends. The spirit is said to possess the owner of the box leading to torture and finally death. Emily begins to show signs of erratic and unexplainable behaviour that leads to the family seeking out a Jewish priest to exorcise the kid.

As family horror stories of demonic possession go, this one is far from being unconventional. Yet, its conventionality isn’t too mediocre to provide the scares it aims to. The film is set against a Jewish background and has a sort of pre-modern look which as far as horror stories go serves its purpose. It isn’t predictable although the tropes are familiar. Director Ole Bornedal liberally uses resounding sudden sounds, sudden blackouts, lingering camera, and innocuous details left behind as clues to the threat to come, all recognizable elements of the horror genre. But he manages to weave them in tightly enough to make its audience stay on the edge.

The film is largely helped by strong performances from the Callis, Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the parents of the Emily the film creeps up slowly and leaves a haunting tone behind. It is a run-of-the-mill pursuit but entertaining enough for the satisfaction of horror fans.

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