This movie had two things going for to gain my interest, the first was that Sam Raimi and company produced it. Then of course there is the obvious reason which is that it is an exorcism movie. That is two reason and good enough reasons for me to this. So when I eventually got around to
checking it out I have to say that I was pleased with my viewing experience.
A divorced couple is trying hard to get along and do right by their daughters, sharing custody. The father takes his daughters one day and happens upon a yard sell; the owners of the house may or may not have just been involved in something dark. While there the youngest comes across a box that catches her fancy. Of course daddy wants to make her happy so he buys it for her. Everything is fine until they get to the new house that their father has gotten. That night things start to go bump in the night and strange things happen time after time. The youngest daughter seems to be the only one affected and it is driving the family even further apart. But she may be in serious danger as something dark and old may be lurking inside her newly found box.
This film is based on a true story about a thing called the Dybbuk Box, which is a wine cabinet that supposedly houses an evil spirit. This is all based on Jewish legend which of course plays heavily in the film, refreshing new spin on the usually Catholic exorcism flick. I have heard of this before and a Dybbuk has been mention or used in films previous to this. Any way this movie is based on the box that was involved in the e-bay story. You should research this further if interested. I know that it has been the subject of a few TV shows including "Paranormal Witness" I believe.
I have to say that director Ole Bornedal really knows what he is doing. The atmosphere that he creates in this film is great and may be the best thing about the film. Of course the writers deserve credit here as they adapted the story of what really happened into this film. There were some big changes if you watch the special features like the real story feature or listen to the 2 great commentaries. Also I loved the performances here but the show stealer was probably Natasha Callis, the youngest of the kids. She is wonderful here but so is everyone else if that wasn't clear from my previous sentence. Also I liked musician Matisyahu here, I actually had no idea he was in it until he popped up.
This movie had some creepy moments in it but it was not over done which makes it a watchable film for younger viewers in my opinion. Also the DVD comes with those bonus features I mentioned earlier among others so it is a good purchase. I do recommend this film to any horror or exorcism movie fan. Maybe a night featuring this, "The Innkeepers", "Sinister", "Mama" and "The Woman in black" is in my near future. All films I liked that I could easily watch again.
A few nights ago, I saw an episode in the TV show “Paranormal Witness” about a box that seemed to contain pure evil. The story was about a family’s struggles with something that had inspired this Sam Raimi co-produced fright flick “The Possession”. Directed by Ole Bornedal, (responsible for “Deliver Us from Evil”) this film was originally titled “The Dybbuk Box”, and is based on the box's story after the first ebay auction. The … more
There’s been a rash of exorcism-style films these last few years. Some of them have been good, and, naturally, some of them have been bad. It could be that this trend is little more than an industry going through its creativity cycle, rediscovering some of what produces more authentic scares from yesteryear – that being stories grounded in reality – for audiences who’ve grown accustomed to and thus dismissive of more … more
This movie had some creepy moments in it but it was not over done which makes it a watchable film for younger viewers in my opinion. Also the DVD comes with great commentaries and behind the scenes stuff like the real story and box so it is a good purchase. I do recommend this film to any horror or exorcism movie fan.
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