Friday, August 31, 2012

The Possession

As I wrote last week for the sorry excuse for a movie, 'The Apparition', most horror movies suck.  They just do.  There's zero creativity that goes into them.  Even the titles 'The Apparition' and 'The Possession' are completely uninspired.  It's as if they're not even trying.  But I'll be fair and give 'The Possession' its due.  The cast is decent.  Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick are definitely watchable as the parents to relative newcomer Natasha Calis, who definitely has big screen presence as a child possessed by a demon.  The film is shot well and looks good.  And B-horror movie fans will unquestionably flock to any horror movie that Sam Raimi touches, even if he's just one of many producers.  But unfortunately there just isn't anything special about this possession/exorcism story that we haven't seen a dozen times already.  The best thing I can say about it is that it's better than 'The Apparition' and 'The Devil Inside' which came out earlier this year.  So if you're jonesing for a horror movie in theaters now, it's the best you have and it's OK.  But if you can hold off until September 18th, you're much better off getting 'The Cabin in the Woods' on DVD.

Grade: C


  1. The only thing new was the switch from the usual Christianity to Judaism in the exorcism horror movie genre.

  2. Director Ole Bornedal has made some pretty good films in his native Denmark, my favorite being Just Another Love Story.