It seems families in America can’t go anywhere without being bothered by pesky ghosts/demons tormenting them and trying to take their souls. The Conjuring shows that these types of films can be done effectively but does this horror from 2012 stand out from the crowd?
The Possession follows the family of recently divorced couple Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick). Clyde buys his daughter Em (Natasha Calis) a creepy looking box at a yard sell and soon she starts acting strange. Can Clyde get anyone to believe he is not an abusive father and that a demon is trying to possess his daughter?
I’ve given a lot of criticisms for horror films that are obsessed with torture porn and sadistic gore, but although The Possession does not fall into these categories it does something that’s arguably even worse. Its boring. I’m not expecting every horror film I see to be a classic or reinvent the genre but I at least expect a few good jump scares or a unnerving sense of dread. The Possession succeed on none of these levels.
The film is so cliché it fails to come up with much originality. Clyde tries to convince everyone about what is happening to his daughter, no one believes him, people die etc. Its mind numbingly dull. The only thing marginally individual aspect is that Clyde turns to the Jewish community for help rather than call on the Catholics but even this has been done before in films such as The Unborn (2009) . The acting isn’t bad. The actors do what they can but in the end you’re more likely to fall asleep then cover your eyes in fear.
Rating-1/5- don’t waste your time or your money, go watch The Conjuring or You’re Next for real chills