The found footage genre has really found its own with the world of horror. While you would think that it would have run its course by now since the majority of these films don’t deliver all that much, but every so often you get one that actually surprises you. The latest, The Possession of Michael King looks to try to take on this style and bring something new to the genre, but will it possess enough to make it stand out or should it have been exercised from the start?
The Possession of Michael King follows a man who doesn’t believe in God or the Devil whose sudden death of his wife sets him on a journey to make a film in search of for the existence of the supernatural, making 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 now an evil and horrifying force has taken over and doesn’t plan on letting him go. The beginning of this movie feels pretty much like every other film in the genre, but as it moves forward some clever direction and story elements helps it to gain some momentum to become something a bit better. Once we get to the moments he starts dealing with the possible possession it takes a moderately slow build to let it unfold without making you wait too long for something to happen. Instead of a bunch of other nonsense filling up the time, they keep the focus on Michael and his slow decent into madness while dealing with the unknown supernatural presence he is dealing with. Usually these possession movies don’t feature a lot of gore, but in the second half of the film there are numerous bloody fun moments that help to take this film more into the horror world than a lot of these. While hardcore horror fans are unlikely to be freaked out, it does sport some insane over the top moments that keep the crazy going while letting everything play out in ways that are not always expected.
This film isn’t breaking any boundaries in the genre, but thanks to a strong story direction, the slow build and addition of some bloody moments it is definitely one of the better of its kind. If you are a fan of the found footage, horror genre or both then this is the movie for you.