Possession is based on a true story. However the word based should be
changed to inspired as the film has tentatively links to the original
story that this film is based on. Having watched the original
Paranormal Witness episode revolving around the Jewish Dibbuk box (scary
writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White still manage to create an
entertaining and at times scary film based on this premise.
story revolves around Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his young daughter
Em (Natasha Calis) who becomes extremely peculiar when she purchases an
old box from a yard sale. Upon investigating this box, Em unwittingly
unleashes an evil spirit which in turn possesses the young girl. At
first Clyde believes that her erratic behaviour is due to his divorce
with ex-wife Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) but as it worsens, Clyde realises
that her condition is due to the supernatural.
a violent altercation with Em due to the spirit, Clyde has a restraining
order placed on him and he then begins his investigation of the Dibbuk
box which he discovers that it is a container to hold an evil spirit. This leads him to the
Jewish priest Tzadok (Matisyahu) who begins a frantic exorcism of Em
which leads to a classic Hollywood horror ending with clichés and a few
Possession isn't a bad film but the budget does create some bland
computer graphics and the editing feels a little disjointed at times. At
the end of a nerve racking scene, the movie just swaps to another scene
that is a little disheartening at times. There's not fade out or filler,
it just begins. Thankfully the cast more than makes up for these little
are three standout performances in the film which include Jeffrey Dean
Morgan as a father who will stop at nothing to save his daughter,
Natasha Calis as the 10-year old Em who is clearly older than her
character but it still works and that of Matisyahu who plays the perfect
rabbi. What I did like about The Possession was that it moved away from
the traditional aspects of Catholicism and moved into a relatively new
area for Hollywood with the Jewish Faith.
Video, Audio & Special Features
video quality of The Possession is exceptional on Blu-ray as is the audio which is DTS HD
5.1 and uses the surround sound well. The only special feature is The
Real History of the Dibbuk Box which goes into the inspiration of the
story behind The Possession and how this cursed box has ruined those who
have come into possession of it. The Paranormal Witness episode is
considerable better but you do get to see the actual Dibbuk box which
reminds me of something from Indiana Jones.
An entertaining Hollywood horror that uses
the Jewish faith as the
inspiration. Just don't go looking for a Dibbuk box on eBay!