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Plot: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
Runtime: 92 mins Release Date: 30 Aug 2012
Hebrew Horror Done Very Well Atmosphere, music, tension, character building, plot, etc (by philyanda)
OVERALL: It was an incredibly well done, intricately put together and thoroughly thought out movie! It was about what'd you expect and quite a bit more too! I was pretty surprised and pleased with everything really. While there weren't any "pop out scares" Thank You Jesus! the movie is essentially all suspense/build up/tension and/or drama between the family. The movie was surprisingly unrelenting in this way. Even so, there was plenty of character building, maturing of plot, and overall depth all throughout the movie. There were several moments where I connected so deeply <more>
with the family that I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. This is a movie that will tear at your heart strings! Unlike most horrors which propose detached scares and thrills alone, this movie drew you into it's story and cast and admirably well too! I felt like I knew them fairly well by the end of the movie- which is, mind you, only an hour and thirty two minute long flick! The ending is left open but satisfyingly so. There's not much to NOT like about the movie really. My friends and I felt it was truly creepy and terrifying, but it's not scary in the same way as most horrors. It's very unique in this way. Also, the movie is very atmospheric and while similar sounds and feels are repeated throughout the movie, this simplicity only strengthens the tension and depth of the movie. HEBREW HORROR? What intrigued me about it initially was that it took things from a Jewish perspective spiritually and with the exorcism aspect especially. I was pleased with how all of this was incorporated into the movie. It was also very cool to have Matisyahu features in this movie! Again, I find it literally difficult to find problems in this movie. This is a true chiller horror, but with suspense and dramatic elements not pure gore, nudity or etc- in fact the movie is rated PG 13- though it is still disturbing in its own right, to be sure at its best!CHEESINESS FACTOR? There was really no cheese in this movie. Just about everything is believable and realistic to both spiritual ok, generally anyways. You don't watch horrors to learn theology! :p and physical divorce, overall conflict in the family, etc realms.WOULD I RECOMMEND IT? If the trailer appealed to you, or other movies of the sort do, don't hesitate to see it! Check this movie out! Sam Raimi produced it, Matisyahu stars, this is the only Hebrew horror influenced movie that I'm aware of!.. See it! Definitely recommended for horror movie and exorcism movie fans.
Some people who also wrote reviews mentioned that they thought that there were many plot holes, and in general this movie was not "scary." There are more than just one type of scary. While some aspects of the film are flawed the plot was predictable, as are all possession movies are for the most part, it was, while not a great "horror movie" a good suspense movie.The movie opens extremely fast, but after that, slows down to an almost complete stop. However, the intensity of the film builds from there as the story progresses, and you start to feel the suspense. Now while <more>
this movie is not particularly scary, there are several aspects in it that particularly me out. For one, the transformation that the daughter goes through is horrific. You start to see her go from an innocent little girl, to something that isn't even remotely human, something that has no emotion or care.Secondly, you see the family being torn apart as the malicious spirit delves deeper and deeper into the little girl, taking control of her, hurting her. You can see the little girl lost as the demon ravages her body like a plague, like she's looking through a window, lost to the world.In addition to this, the story is pretty well thought out. One of the above reviewers said that, though the moths have several appearances in the film, they do not have a substantial role in the film, that they were put there just because, "The director likes moths." If they would have taken the time to pay attention to the film, they would have realized that the reason that the moths are there is because one of the people who had formerly been possessed by the spirit had put a moth in the box in order to bind the spirit. A little research and you would find that if a creature, living or dead, is put in a box like the one in the movie, then the spirit can take that form, or manipulate creatures of its like. Another example of this is the tooth. She was able to cause the mother's boyfriend's teeth to fall out purely because other teeth had been placed in the box, giving her, the demon, the ability to manipulate them.There are also several moments in the film that are scary purely because the imagery is so detailed and believable. An example of this would be the scene where Em is getting the MRI. The lights flicker, the screens flash images, and then suddenly a face forms. A face that you can clearly see is moving, though the pictures had already been taken. Really creepy. Not scary, but creepy.The ending was slightly unexpected, maybe a little unbelievable, but it added to the overall feeling of the film: gloom, depression, desperation, unfairness. Despite what other people said, I think that this film was great. They should see it not for a film of the horror genre, but of suspense. And while the movie is not scary, it certainly is creepy.
This film is underrated beyond belief, and I personally thought it was a good, solid horror film. Yes it isn't an amazingly scary film, but unlike a large amount of scary films that don't have a solid story line and just go for cheap scares, whereas this film, has a solid story line, no cheap scares and some good, creepy scenes. Although it is not horrifying it has several scary scenes and a plot to keep you entertained and interested throughout the entire film. The majority of the cast play their parts fantastically well, Natasha Calls plays the possessed and confused child amazing <more>
well, i was pleasantly surprised by the quality of her acting, as for Jeffrey Dean Morgan played his part brilliant as he always does as a fantastic actor. There was however the occasional over dramatic and silly acting, such as the teacher, that played her part poorly and was just silly, which was a disappointment, but luckily it was a minor role which was not on screen for a long period of time. Apart from that, it was a fantastic film, a must see and a great overall film.
Do not let the slow pace fool you. (by deadly_twilight)
So this movie was not for everyone, I personally thought this movie was great.An exorcism movie that does not involve the devil is refreshing to see, and the experience of the movie is played out quite well in the pacing and how events unfold. The fact it features the Jewish religion over Christianity is a very nice touch, one you rarely see in a movie of this style as most people hear exorcism and assume the Catholic church. While many may complain it is too slow, and other such things let me ask you this question.What were you expecting from a movie that was purely plot driven?Personally <more>
the acting was also great, I could empathize with the characters and understand them. The father was just worried about his daughter, who hid her signs of the problem well until things got bad. I mean when it really showed and she was hitting the kid at school, that looked like something that night happen in school over even something small like a favorite pencil or item. There was in my opinion no weak performances in the acting, coupled with a solid and strong story makes for quite a good movie.Lastly the execution was some of the best I had seen this far, it flowed and was not jumpy like say the bourne movies. Nothing was out of place and the movie felt creepy and eerie throughout with all of the silence that you could almost hear in many parts of it. If your looking for a truly good movie that will have you walking away satisfied this is one of them.It is a well written, acted, and executed movie that while it may seem slow moving is well worth the watch. Think of it what you will, but I recommend this movie as one of my top ten movies of 2012.
Thoroughly enjoyable piece for a horror fan (by kiwimoogle84)
I think a lot of the negative reviews of this movie are from people who are just bored by scary movies. I can't honestly see what all the naysayers are complaining about.With that being said, here's my review...What we have is a piece about a family in turmoil and a broken home. Dad takes his kids to a yard sale, young girl is drawn to a box. Without giving too much more away, once she opens the box, she releases a demon, as is the way of these things.Other reviewers said there was no evidence of the possession until late in the movie. I disagree, because it starts subtly and <more>
doesn't bash you over the head with it, which I like. You can see the girl slowly losing herself to this demon and it pulls at you. One thing I loved was that even when the demon was taking over, she's always leaking tears. That's a natural reaction for the body when it knows something is wrong, even if the brain hasn't registered it.There's a lot of very clever cinematography, and some fresh exorcism ideas. The father, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, will do ANYTHING to help his daughter, and I love how even though the parents are divorced, the mother isn't completely deplorable. She has good reasons to distrust him when certain things happen and she comes through in the end to trust him completely.Also, excellent bit of acting by Matisyahu. I'm familiar with his work but he shone in his small role.If you find yourself burnt out on possession movies, give this one a try. I loved it and was very entertained.
The best Exorcism film of the decade!!! (by nitzanhavoc)
Just to be honest, I would like to confess that I'm writing this review while being very annoyed and frustrated, by the oblivious critics, the seemingly blind raters and just how unfair they are. I've always been a Horror freak, and had a special liking to sub-genres such as Ghost Stories and Exorcism flicks. I've seen all the classics, including the more recent ones of both sub-genres, so I can tell you in all certainty - The Possession is an excellent film.The story and screen writing are as original as can be in this slightly overdone sub-genre. Unlike 99% of Exorcism films, <more>
The Possession related to Judaism rather than Christianity, and presented a slightly different approach still, with all the ceremonial classics . The possessed little girl was scary and convincing, and made me think of Japanese films The Ring and The Grudge two of the scariest films ever, that's how good The Possession is . As for portraying the actual possession - some of the classic features have indeed been used creepy voice, moths and some were innovative and original in a delightfully horrifying way the body of the demon actually being inside the victim .As for cinematography, acting and soundtrack - all are excellent. I really feel like dropping all objectivity in order to salvage some of due respect this film has been robbed of by the uppity people on this site, but still I can't say this film is perfect... Being a Jewish Israeli myself don't lower your intelligence by thinking that's the only reason I love this film I've noticed the graving on the box didn't exactly make sense, unless you read it backwards and change the words' orders then it doesn't say "danger, do not open!", it says "Thou shalt seeth the punishment of evil", or something of the sort. I don't really get it... if you're gonna use Hebrew, how hard could it be to find someone who speaks the language? I also think the "demon" should have spoken in Hebrew, or Aramaic, or any other ancient language rather than gibberish. And of course - the lack of a good plot twist, which could have made a great film spectacular. The Possession is definitely the best exorcism film of the decade even better than Emily Rose and far better than The Last Exorcism , and one of the best of all times. I was going to rate it 8, then saw the other ratings and reviews and though "to hell with you, I'll rate it 10 just to balance out your wrongful judgement". So I'll settle for a 9, The Possession has earned it. You would do yourselves fine service if you ignore the embarrassingly biased and unfair reviews this film has been given here on IMDb. Whatever you do - don't miss out on this one!
It's not your average 'lets walk down the stairs backwards and puke over a priest' possession movie! (by sarahxxlou)
I was on holiday visiting my friend in Sacramento, California, and we decided to go to the movies. Our choice was between this movie and another called 'The Apparition'. We opted for this one as creepy kids always seem to make a horror movie much more appealing. Usually, I avoid possession films. I can't even force myself to consider 'the exorcist' a horror classic. I just think possession and exorcism films are always poorly done and are slightly altered versions of each other. However, seeing the trailer of this film beforehand made me want to see this movie and again, <more>
the little girl Emily 'Natasha Calis' drew me in. I thought this film had an interesting storyline which kept me gripped throughout and superb performances by the cast, especially Natasha Calis who portrays the little girl Emily who is possessed throughout the film. Without giving away any spoilers, I felt the ending was well done and made me leave the theatre thanking the screenplay writer for a non-stereotypical ending - well done! This film is definitely worth a watch. I may even buy it on DVD when it's released. It's not your average 'lets walk down the stairs backwards and puke over a priest' possession movie. It's well acted, well written and well worth a see. It has some jumpy moments for those who aren't desensitised to the ways of a horror movie but mainly it's gripping and you want to find out what's in that box.. GO SEE IT! I hope to see the young cast in some more films in the future! Loved it!
If you don't like this, then you're possessed (by SmakethDown638)
Yes, you have seen and are familiar with possession films. Ever since The Exorcist, we've seen a number of pretenders. However, despite a lot of imitators, there are many that are solid like Beyond the Door. Yes, we've been getting a lot of possession films, but that is to be expected when they keep making all kinds of money. Don't worry, this is a solid horror film overall. The acting was good as the cast was perfect. The suspense was there with the nice buildup and the atmosphere. What I liked is that this was about the Jewish religion instead of the usual run-of-the-mill <more>
Christian or Catholic religious theme. The film was shot well and the production values were a plus.I really liked the climax as it was up there with the Exorcist. I thought it was pretty intense and memorable. You just didn't know what was going to happen, thus keeping you on edge. Emily is a character that I will remember in horror history as I kept thinking of Regan from the Exorcist. Great performances all around.The special effects were solid. None of the CGI was terrible as it was polished, making things feel realistic. There are scenes in this movie that will stick with you. There were some memorable quotes in this movie as well.I am glad I saw this. I am also glad that my Possession button from Comic Con 2012 was not a throwaway freebie as well!
Hello readers. This is my first review of a movie on here and I was inspired to do it after reading petit76 negative view on the film. I am also an avid horror fan pretty much seen them all and I thought this film was excellent! Acting was very good and the storyline is as good as you will get with horror films nowadays which is such hard genre to be original with.Thats the problem with IMDb nowadays almost every film gets a negative review. This was a most enjoyable horror with some nice fright scenes and I would recommend it to anyone with a spare 90 Min's. A solid 8/10 from me folks <more>