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A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
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I am a huge horror fan and am used to having to accept a certain amount of silliness, bad acting, bad effects, etc. However, this movie was great all around. Utilized suspense and a chilling sense of doubt. Set up credible scenarios. Everyone who acted in this movie did well, even the kids. I would definitely watch this again and recommend. It was also refreshing to see an exorcism performed by a rabbi, rather than the standard Catholic priest situation.
Baruch Haba, B'shem Adonai! Part 2 Please! For sure the Best Horror I've seen right up with the best of the Best! 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:
John 1:5 “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
I'll make this short & simple: this is the first time I've found a movie that's anywhere near comparable with The Exorcist. As good? Probably not, but pretty damn good. And good in a lot of the same ways. The additional family tension sort of "tightens" things in the way tension should, and THOSE DAMN MOTHS EVERYWHERE! add some very respectably creepy, moody bits of savory horrific goodness. If you've been itching for decades to find something that reminds you of your all-time favorite horror film, give this one a try. I suppose I'd rate it just a smidge higher than "The Last Exorcism", which I also enjoyed greatly.
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2020
Spoiler alert 🚨.......One of the best Dybbuk - box movies. The father in The movie was successful in saving his daughter’s life with the help of a religious man. And he even came back to his wife and his daughters. But one thing I hate about this movie is that the religious man was killed in the end of the movie in a car crash, carrying the box with him. So... the dybbuk box still escaped. This makes me so disappointed. Overall, it’s a pretty good movie.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
I’m on a “bad” horror film kick lately and saw this on Prime with bad reviews from critics and on IMDb, so of course I was going to watch it. I found it surprisingly good. I don’t recall ever watching any possession horror movie that centered around Jewish beliefs as opposed to Christian, so that was refreshing for me. The story follows a broken family. While on visitation with their father, the youngest girl, Emily, purchase a wooden box inscribed with Hebrew carvings. And, of course, she opens the box and all hell ensues as Emily is possessed by a demon, breaking the family up the family even more and sending the father for help, which brings him to a Hasidic Jewish community in hopes of saving his girl.
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.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
Let me start off by saying I really enjoyed this movie. Even with the subpar effects and - at times - iffy acting this movie really pulls you in and gets you hooked. I liked the different approach for the evil spirit being a Hebrew spirit instead of the typical European or Asian spirit or demon that you see a lot of these days. An extra neat thing is that they based this on a real spirit in Jewish lore called a Dybbuk. The writer of the movie claims to have bought a "Dybbuk box" at an estate sale in 2001 in the form of a wine box. Apparently it originally belonged to a Holocaust survivor name Havaleh who escaped to Spain and bought it there before moving to the US. Havaleh's grand-daughter told Kevin Mannis, the writer, that it was a family heirloom and so he offered to give back to them. They refused, obviously, because the claimed a Dybbuk was inside. There were a bunch of odd things in the box as well as many strange events that happened to all of the owners including Mannis himself. It was eventually bought on eBay by a student named Iosif Neitzke, who later donated it to Ghost Adventure host Zak Bagans.
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.
It was rather bland. I think it's because the pace was rather slow. The scares were scarce and brief and not all that scary. The premise had intrigue, it was just realized late into the movie and was anti-climactic. The effects were passable and the acting was solid by horror movie standards. I would rank it 2.5/5 stars. I have no feeling towards liking or disliking it either way. It was completely average in every aspect. It's not even in the same league as "The Exorcist". That's for damn sure. Then again, what is? The bottom line here is that my interest in this movie was thinly held in place by me waiting for something to happen. When something did happen, it wasn't a whole hell of a lot.
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2020
Genre fans will see the story coming before it ever gets to the end, but don't let that deter you from a great movie. The acting is more-than competent, with all of the cast putting in real emotional work for their characters, and the story while treading familiar ground is a new, unique take than what we typically see. The CGI is, of course, a bit dated, but that never really detracted from the experience. 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.
4.0 out of 5 starsVery good.....for something thats based off an ebay item
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 24, 2015
The Possession is exactly what it says on the tin a possession movie revolving around a dybbuk (I think that's how its spelt). Now I've heard of dybbuks but since they mainly feature in Jewish demonology I don't know much about them so part of this movie entertained me because its unfamiliar territory for me.
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.
5.0 out of 5 starsWatch what you buy in yard sales
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2019
Daughter buys an old box from a yard sale. It contains something you wouldn't want to meet in broad daylight, never mind a dark night! Daughter becomes possessed and the film revolves around Dad's efforts to understand what the heck is going on, and to save his daughter. Another unique idea for this genre. Modern horror is so much better thanks to much better quality of writing these days, and acting.
4.0 out of 5 starsNot really based on a true story (but never mind!)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2013
The Possession is, as you have probably guessed, about a young girl who gets possessed by an evil spirit. Yes, the film is as original as that. However, despite a tired and overused premise, it does have one redeeming feature that makes it worth watching: the characters. They're nothing special, but I think that's the point. They're just an average (separated) family who don't overact or try and be too kooky. They're realistic and believable.
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).
5.0 out of 5 starsThis movie is excellent, watch it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 24, 2019
I'm a huge horror film addict and the possession is one of my favourite supernatural movies, great copy picture very good and this is the uncut version. Highly recommend, based on a true story, the young actress who plays main role is superb, better than most actors it's a very good movie, fast delivery too.
The plot is classic and should always work. It didn't all that much this time round because it was skim on scares and suspense. The Jewish element was a breath of fresh air and actually redeemed the movie as traditional Christian good guys had been grossly overused. Pity he had to die.