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Movie review: The Possession

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Movie review: The Possession


After purchasing a box full of strange old objects, a young girl releases the evil spirit trapped within. Realizing there is something wrong her parents struggle desperately to break the hold on her by the evil spirit.

Jeffrey Morgan (Clyde), Kyra Sedgwick (Stephanie), Natasha Calis (Em), Madison Davenport (Hannah), Matisyahu (Tzadok), Grant Show (Brett), Rob LaBelle (Russell), Nana Gbewonyo (Darius), Jay Brazeau (McMannis).

The Possession begins with plot setup followed by some character development and background. The film builds suspense fairly slowly for quite a while before things take on a better pace. The storyline isn't completely original but this doesn't feel entirely like a story that has seen a lot before. With a few twists things move along quite well and maintain interest through the end. There are even a few nice supernatural and horror scenes.

Acting was decent with Morgan feeling perfectly cast in his role. Sedgwick was in type as the hostile ex-wife who finds she made a mistake. She and Morgan felt like they had decent energy. Calis did a nice job in her role and the remainder of the supporting cast was interesting and did well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds all made this feel like a bigger budget film and were nicely done. Effects were good and fit the film well with nice attention to detail. Dialogue was also well detailed and contributed well. Sound and soundtrack were both fitting.

Overall The Possession is a fairly well done supernatural satanic horror story that delivers some solid entertainment. Those who enjoy the genre will be most pleased by this one, as will those who enjoy light scares. Those wanting more impact will be a bit disappointed.

With some disturbing images, foul language, horror and supernatural scenes save this for teens and above.

Release: 2012
Reviewed: 11.16.13
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Satanic Stories, Supernatural Horror

copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel

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