(Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, et al / DVD / R / 2013 / LGF)
Overview: 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.
DVD Verdict: Yup, the Overview does give most of the plot away, but it's ok, trust me - for this is one mother of a creepy-ass movie regardless! My goodness, it had me up, squirming, hands to face, and eyes wide shut sometimes whilst watching it!
Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, doing yet another monster role as a brilliant actor) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick, turning in another all-she-can-ever-do role) are the recently divorced parents of Em[ily] (Natasha Calis, who is TERRIFIC her as the possessed girl) and her older sister (who does her best parent Trap Lindsay Lohan impression throughout!)
One day at a garage sale Em finds the box, takes it home and unleashes (unknowingly) a spirit ready to infest a human body so it can 'live' again. So, based on that, sure, 'The Possession' is a film that's so formulaic that after 20 minutes you can predict not only what happens but who is going to die and in what order. But, the one good thing is that the child actors run rings around the adults in the film - and that's a hard feat given that JDM is on fire as the underdog dad here! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the special features of:
- Audio Commentary with director Ole Bornedal
- Audio Commentary with writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White
- “The Real History of the Dibbuk Box” Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer