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THE PLOT THUS FAR

Clyde and Stephanie Brenek  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.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“The Possession”  wants to have its cake and eat it too. Doing their best to imitate Friedkin’s greatest film, the results are somewhere between melodramatic torn from the headlines riff and Z-grade exploitation flick. However, there is a decent setup and fun horror filled family drama. Jeffrey Dean Morgan works his ass off to make the material work, but it just seems to slip away from him. Oh well, heavy lifting never won anyone awards for this kind of schlock.

The last half hour found its footing, moving at breakneck speed and allowed a battle of good and evil, and dealing with a parent’s undying love for his child, complete with self-sacrificing gesture to try and lure the evil that is inside. While there are a whole host of exorcist type films of late, to varying degrees of success and presentation, this one probably was one of the first that I’ve seen that was a Jewish exorcism, not involving a priest but a rabbi instead, with certain rites performed I’m sure didn’t had much of an authentic ring to it.

The Blu-Ray comes with commentaries, featurette and a trailer. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio does a great job creating a supernatural soundstage. However, the 1080p transfer shows off the washed out whites and generally dim cinematography. If this was an aesthetic choice, then the DP needs to get kicked out of his guild. In the end, I’d recommend a rental to the curious.

RELEASE DATE: 01/15/2013

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