It's time to take cover, as there's yet another creepy little girl on the loose. Horror flick 'The Possession', that's out this week, provides chills and thrills aplenty, but is lacking in novelty.
What's it about?
Basketball coach Clyde (Jeffry Dean Morgan), recently divorced from wife Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick), has his two daughters come over to spend the weekend with him at his new home. The younger of the two, Emily (Natasha Calis), is inexplicably drawn to an engraved wooden box at a local garage sale. The box's former owner, an old woman who's met with a gruesome accident, seems terrified when she sees Emily take the box away but the girl is undeterred and brings the object home. Soon, the box is revealed to be a dybbuk - a container that's meant to store evil spirits - and Emily begins to act strangely causing her parents much concern. It's now up to Clyde to find a Hebrew priest to perform an exorcism before the spirit consumes Emily.
Originality isn't a moot selling point for 'The Possession', so let's first look at the good. Morgan as the concerned father puts in a decent enough performance but nothing that's going to wow your socks off. Also good is Calis as the possessed girl, who convincingly switches between looking terrified and terrifying, instead of just opting to wear a stone-faced expression for the entire movie (as most other children cast in similar roles do). Director Ole Bornedal and co-producer Sam Raimi liberally borrow from classics like 'The Exorcist', 'The Ring' and 'The Grudge' and while some scenes are bound to make you squirm in your seat, why opt for a copy when the originals are still around and easily available?
What to do?
Horror film buff with insatiable needs? Watch 'The Possession', but don't say we didn't tell you that you've probably seen it all before.
in.com rating: 2/5
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