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The Possession [DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]
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Based on a true story, THE POSSESSION is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
If they know the word at all, most moviegoers will recognize dibbuk (or dybbuk) from the philosophical gag that opened Joel and Ethan Coen's brilliant comedy A Serious Man. Orthodox Jews know from their religion that a dibbuk is a spirit who wanders the world in form to haunt the living, or perhaps to take their bodies in a version of demonic possession. The dibbuk box that a young (non-Jewish) girl finds at a yard sale is definitely holding a malevolent spirit looking for a human to help escape its banishment. It is also the creepy catalyst for another effects-heavy case of Hollywood possession and exorcism in The Possession. A recently divorced couple, Clyde and Stephanie (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick) co-parent two bright daughters who share time at both their parents' houses. The younger one, Em (Natasha Calis), seems to be called by the strange box covered with Hebrew letters. When she takes it home to Daddy's house, it opens of its own accord in the night, casting a spell on her that becomes progressively more disconcerting until it ultimately possesses her completely. As much as it causes her harm (which Stephanie initially interprets as abuse by Clyde), she must always be near it. It causes some truly unpleasant phenomena, including an infestation of giant moths that swarm from her mouth, and later a ghastly series of physical horrors that unfold in a hospital morgue. Frantic for help in saving his daughter, Clyde appeals to a conclave of Hassidic rabbis, who all turn their back on the evil, save for one young man named Tzadok (Matisyahu), who feels duty bound to end the unleashed hell and get the dibbuk back in the box. Though it easily falls into the burgeoning craze of graphic exorcism and possession horror flicks, The Possession stands out for its consistent attention to serious detail and is aided by strong performances all around. Morgan and Sedgwick are believable and sympathetic as partners who still love each other but need to be separate, even as their love for their daughters still binds them. Natasha Calis is pretty sensational in conveying all the feelings of a typical 11-year-old, but also as a being overtaken by a force that makes her psycho-crazy. As her 15-year-old sister Hannah, Madison Davenport also gives a naturalistic and sometimes heart-rending read to her part as confused, terrified observer. A practicing orthodox Jew and popular musician in real life, Matisyahu brings a level of austerity and realism to his compassionate presence as the only one who can help. The Possession is a legitimately hair-raising genre entry, with real drama and enough effects grotesqueries to keep fanboys as well as the less fanatic aficionados happy. Note: In addition to a commentary track with the director, the disc also includes a featurette that examines the "based on a true story" epigraph. Apparently there is an actual dibbuk box, but it's far more benign than the fictionalized movie version. --Ted Fry
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 26163350
- Director : Ole Bornedal
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Digital_copy, Ultraviolet, Ultraviolet
- Run time : 1 hour and 43 minutes
- Release date : January 15, 2013
- Actors : Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : Artisan / Lionsgate
- ASIN : B009XTF8KQ
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Make sure to have a Great Sound System and 73" TV! 7.1 Surround and great Sub Woofer and Blast your house down, and keep a Bible close and Pray to Yeshua HaMashiach that Abyzou doesn't enter your home!!!!!
Yes, it's a great watch. Don't mind it being a big everything great movie, sit back and let it all unwind.
It moves faster than many other top Horror Movies. 5 Stars for me, and I want a Part 2. I'm going to see if there is one. God Bless Y'all. Remember:
“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
King James Version (KJV)
Sometimes the pacing is off with the movie. There were scenes, decisions, and shots in the movie that really didn’t fit with the tone. Also, I think this would’ve been better if the demon remained shrouded in more mystery. The MRI scan was all I needed to see.
Other than that, I would say this is 3.5 stars out of 5.
If you're interested in more of the history of the Dybbuk box and the story behind it I would highly suggest looking it up and reading about it. Even just Dybbuks themselves have a lot of interesting lore behind them.
Most importantly, the feeling of dread and looming suspense is there in every scene, and you'll gasp and recoil along with the actors at all the right points. I have seen better horror movies, but I have also seen far, far worse. Compared to what gets pumped out every year, this is fairly high-grade in my opinion.
If you enjoy the suspenseful horror / thriller genre, you will like this movie.
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Essentially a divorced man purchases this ugly box which his daughter wants from a yard sale, she opens it and thus releases the dybbuk and everything goes downhill from there. It's a good movie but the one thing that upset me was that this film isn't based on a true story its actually based on the 'allegedly true' story written by a guy who was selling an old wine cabinet for auction on ebay, yes people that's the story, of course if you actually say that the lustre comes right off.
Then you have the children. Now, kids in movies are hit and miss at the best of times, let alone when a young actress is expected to act possessed and evil. Few can do it convincingly, but I think the girl in this has pulled it off.
The promotion claims that the film is `based on a true story.' It's not. That would be silly. It is however based on a box, somewhere in Eastern Europe that (supposedly) trapped a demon in it. That's how `based' it is, but never mind, just enjoy it for a decent supernatural horror flick.
Although, despite the characters, it's flaw lies in being little more than an updated Exorcist film. Any movie that deals with possession tends to follow a Three Step process. Step 1: Disbelief. When the surrounding characters wonder what's up with the possessed soul. Step 2: Research. Now, when the central character realised something is not right, they seek `professional help,' i.e. someone who deals with the supernatural. In most cases, a catholic priest (in this case some Jewish Rabbis). Step 3: Confrontation. The demon must be confronted. Expect plenty of head-twisting and foul language.
Ultimately, The Possession is probably worth a watch if you like supernatural/possession movies (or are just generally a fan of The Exorcist). The characters are well-played enough to elevate it above the numerous similar horror films. However, it is little more than a present day Exorcist film (but there are still a few good and creepy scares along the way).
Think `Gollum' from Lord of the Rings (if you watch the film all the way to the end, you'll know what I mean).