This one was recommended to us because we liked Sinister. The Possession is a 2012 film starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick. It’s a twist on the standard demonic possession tale in that instead of being based on Catholic mythology, it’s based on Jewish mythology. So instead of a demon, the little girl gets possessed by a dybbuk (a malevolent spirit). Divorced dad buys an antique carved box for one of his two daughters and the dybbuk lives in the box. Got it?
I really enjoyed this one. Even though it had all the standard plot points of a possession tale (innocently stumbling into danger, a young girl as a host, increasingly fucked-up and violent behavior, acceptance of a supernatural cause, the search for help from religious leader, exorcism), the acting was good, the characters were believable, and the horror effects were awesome. I was grossed out a lot, but not surprised and not afraid. But I would still recommend this film to anyone who likes a good story.
OK, so I fell asleep for part of this film, but not because it was a bad film, but because I was just tired. However, what I did see of it, which was most of the beginning, sporadic middle, and the end, I liked. It had it’s moments of typical possession, but the way the movie played out I really liked. I really liked that it wasn’t the Catholics coming to try and save the day, but a Rabbi. I’m not sure why, but I thought that was a nice, unique twist on it. Definitely worth the watch.