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Rashid Irani's review: The Possession

movie-reviews Updated: Oct 06, 2012 11:45 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
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Shudder she said

The Possession
Direction: Ole Bornedal
Actors: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick
Rating: ** 1/2

Never buy a new house without checking the nooks for goblins. Or better still, don’t buy an antique chest, and if you do, don’t open it.

It might be a dybbuk thingamajig out of which a malevolent spirit arises to devour its host. Apparently inspired by a true story, co-produced by Sam Raimi, and directed by Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal, The Possession is endurable as far as horror flicks go.

But there are no twists in the screenplay or special effects. Suburban American family consisting of divorced parents (Morgan-Sedgwick) and their two daughters come into the possession of a mysterious box. The brunt of the terror is borne by the younger sibling (Natasha Calis).

This pre-teen does not puke out pea soup as Linda Blair did in The Exorcist, but she has to deal with malevolent moths, scaly hands and religious mumbo-jumbo. For a change, the climactic exorcism ritual is based on Judaic, not Christian, tradition. In sum, you won’t be disappointed if you don’t expect an A-grader.