‘The Possession’ Trailer Contains Familiar Supernatural Horror Movie Tricks

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:37 am,

Studios have a well-established tradition of using late August as a dumping ground for titles that’ve been collecting dust on the shelf for a while. Similar to how Apollo 18 rounded out the Summer 2011 movie season, this year we will be getting a little-promoted horror flick called The Possession (previously titled Dibbuk Box).

Leslie Gornstein’s 2004 LA Times article “A Jinx in a Box?” (read it here) is the inspiration for The Posession. The plot concerns a divorced couple (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick) whose young daughter Hannah (Madison Davenport) begins behaving erratically after acquiring a mysterious antique box at a yard sale.

It turns out the box contains a “Dybbuk” – which, according to Yiddish folklore, is a wandering spirit who takes over the bodies of living people, rather than moving onto the next realm of existence. Hannah’s parents are forced to find a way to exorcise the sinister entity from their daughter, before it consumes her whole (literally).

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Madison Davenport in 'The Possession'

Based on the trailer, The Possession appears to be a pretty conventional story about a malicious spirit taking control of an innocent girl – as scripted by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, the co-writers of the similar, PG-13 supernatural horror flick, Boogeyman. Possession likewise comes complete with the sort of macabre CGI imagery that has a “budget look” – and predictable scares that bring to mind those featured in such titles as The Unborn. (Not the best of company to keep.)

However, there is one visual included here that leaves a strong impression; no surprise, it’s the same one featured in the official promotional poster for The Possession (see below).


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To be fair, you can generally count on both Dean and Sedgwick to turn in good performances, which could help elevate The Possession a bit¬†above its genre trappings. Similarly, the film’s director (Ole Bornedal) has picked up a handful of festival awards for his previous work on movies like Just Another Love Story and Deliver Us from Evil – hopefully, he will also deliver a competent (if generic) horror/thriller here.

One thing worth noting: a handful of the personnel connected with The Possession (producer Sam Raimi and the film’s writers) are actively involved – or have been – with the impending Poltergeist remake. Encouraging thought or unsettling omen? You decide.

The Possession opens in theaters around the U.S. on August 31st, 2012.


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  1. While as you said, some familiar and predictable “tricks” I have to admit this trailer did make me interested in seeing this movie…

  2. quick correction: it’s Kyra Sedgwick (there’s a G in there)

    I don’t know.. there is one rather important aspect of this film that sets it apart from others of this genre: instead of delving into the usual Christian mythology, it’s at least exploring some rather under-used Jewish material. The concept of Dybbuk has been around for a long time. It’s kind of nice to see it get some screen time.

    • Thanks for catching that. It’s been corrected.

    • I totally agree. As Jew, I felt rather impervious to most exorcism films because none of the Roman Catholic mythology has been instilled into me as a child, although a lot of do freak me out, and demonology isn’t really a significant player in the Jewish world! Now that there is a film exploring a darker side of my culture and faith I feel a bit uneasy. There’s only one other film I know that deals with the concept of a dybbuk, and while I found the film to be rather sub-par it was refreshing to see new material. I’m looking forward to this film. Also Matisyahu is in this! At least the costumes for the Hasidim look accurate compared to most films.

  3. I would like to see this.

  4. Looks like she’s faklempt with some shmucous…

    • Hahaha…..

      Sadly this movie is the typical dualistic good vs evil, both are equal and no one knows who will come out on top.
      Truth is, satan is a dog on a leash. He is only allowed to go as far as God will let him. They’re deafly afraid of Jesus. Matthew 8:29

      • The Lord is the author of all things so he wins hands down there is no duality whatsoever.

  5. That movie looks creepy as hell. That kid scares me. And, thankfully, it’s not found footage. I may have to catch this one. In the middle of the day. With some friends.

  6. I’m going to the movies, can’t wait….

  7. I think the demon they are talking about in the movie is Lillith. She is also known to be the Taker of Childrens’ Souls. A characteristic of Lillith is her white eyes.

  8. They had me until “Based on a true story”… they got me back when she stabbed him with the fork :)

  9. I don’t think I could see that movie the moment I’d saw that trailer. I don’t like anything extremely scary.