The Possession

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5.91 h 32 min2012X-RayPG-13
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.
Directors
Ole Bornedal
Starring
Natasha CalisJeffrey Dean Morgan
Genres
Horror
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English [CC]Français
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]Français
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Producers
Nicole BrownJoseph DrakeBrendan FergusonNathan KahaneKelli KonopMichael PaseornekSam RaimiJohn SacchiPeter Schlessel
Studio
Horror and Thriller
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.5 out of 5 stars

2493 global ratings

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quality horror
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I am a huge horror fan and am used to having to accept a certain amount of silliness, bad acting, bad effects, etc. However, this movie was great all around. Utilized suspense and a chilling sense of doubt. Set up credible scenarios. Everyone who acted in this movie did well, even the kids. I would definitely watch this again and recommend. It was also refreshing to see an exorcism performed by a rabbi, rather than the standard Catholic priest situation.
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Motv8edReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shabbat Shalom!!!!!
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Baruch Haba, B'shem Adonai! Part 2 Please! For sure the Best Horror I've seen right up with the best of the Best!
Make sure to have a Great Sound System and 73" TV! 7.1 Surround and great Sub Woofer and Blast your house down, and keep a Bible close and Pray to Yeshua HaMashiach that Abyzou doesn't enter your home!!!!!

Yes, it's a great watch. Don't mind it being a big everything great movie, sit back and let it all unwind.
It moves faster than many other top Horror Movies. 5 Stars for me, and I want a Part 2. I'm going to see if there is one. God Bless Y'all. Remember:

John 1:5
“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

King James Version (KJV)
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Sara KReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Suspense and Interesting Backstory
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Let me start off by saying I really enjoyed this movie. Even with the subpar effects and - at times - iffy acting this movie really pulls you in and gets you hooked. I liked the different approach for the evil spirit being a Hebrew spirit instead of the typical European or Asian spirit or demon that you see a lot of these days. An extra neat thing is that they based this on a real spirit in Jewish lore called a Dybbuk. The writer of the movie claims to have bought a "Dybbuk box" at an estate sale in 2001 in the form of a wine box. Apparently it originally belonged to a Holocaust survivor name Havaleh who escaped to Spain and bought it there before moving to the US. Havaleh's grand-daughter told Kevin Mannis, the writer, that it was a family heirloom and so he offered to give back to them. They refused, obviously, because the claimed a Dybbuk was inside. There were a bunch of odd things in the box as well as many strange events that happened to all of the owners including Mannis himself. It was eventually bought on eBay by a student named Iosif Neitzke, who later donated it to Ghost Adventure host Zak Bagans.

If you're interested in more of the history of the Dybbuk box and the story behind it I would highly suggest looking it up and reading about it. Even just Dybbuks themselves have a lot of interesting lore behind them.
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TReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
A good watch for mindless entertainment but a disappointing and predictable film
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Big budget and high production values as expected with a big studio, but that didn't make this into a good film. I did not like the acting in this film at all--Jeffrey Dean Morgan is especially bad--obnoxious really--Kyra Sedgwick's role had about as much personality as a cardboard box. The storyline and plot are just extremely overused and cliche--it ended up being a very predictable demonic possession type film. With this one they used an mystical/magical Orthodox Jewish guy instead of a Catholic priest but the end result is the same(I figure they used an Orthodox Jewish guy as an attempt to be slightly original, because even the creators of this know the whole "demonic possession/catholic priest" thing is an extremely tired old overused plot device.)--it follows the very typical formula of this genre of horror film, and it's all such an overused trope it's basically silly at this point(even without the Catholic church involved!). Some of the special effects were quite good, but some were just obnoxious and poorly done. If you can get past the horrible acting then this film is done well enough to be decent mindless entertainment and worth a watch. I'm just glad this is currently free on Prime.
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Gearald BeckerReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
An 'Exorcism" movie that DOESN'T disappoint.
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I'll make this short & simple: this is the first time I've found a movie that's anywhere near comparable with The Exorcist. As good? Probably not, but pretty damn good. And good in a lot of the same ways. The additional family tension sort of "tightens" things in the way tension should, and THOSE DAMN MOTHS EVERYWHERE! add some very respectably creepy, moody bits of savory horrific goodness. If you've been itching for decades to find something that reminds you of your all-time favorite horror film, give this one a try. I suppose I'd rate it just a smidge higher than "The Last Exorcism", which I also enjoyed greatly.
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KimReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Though flawed, it was better than I thought
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I’m on a “bad” horror film kick lately and saw this on Prime with bad reviews from critics and on IMDb, so of course I was going to watch it. I found it surprisingly good. I don’t recall ever watching any possession horror movie that centered around Jewish beliefs as opposed to Christian, so that was refreshing for me. The story follows a broken family. While on visitation with their father, the youngest girl, Emily, purchase a wooden box inscribed with Hebrew carvings. And, of course, she opens the box and all hell ensues as Emily is possessed by a demon, breaking the family up the family even more and sending the father for help, which brings him to a Hasidic Jewish community in hopes of saving his girl.

Sometimes the pacing is off with the movie. There were scenes, decisions, and shots in the movie that really didn’t fit with the tone. Also, I think this would’ve been better if the demon remained shrouded in more mystery. The MRI scan was all I needed to see.

Other than that, I would say this is 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Rick JamesReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Left me wanting more.
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It was rather bland. I think it's because the pace was rather slow. The scares were scarce and brief and not all that scary. The premise had intrigue, it was just realized late into the movie and was anti-climactic. The effects were passable and the acting was solid by horror movie standards. I would rank it 2.5/5 stars. I have no feeling towards liking or disliking it either way. It was completely average in every aspect. It's not even in the same league as "The Exorcist". That's for damn sure. Then again, what is? The bottom line here is that my interest in this movie was thinly held in place by me waiting for something to happen. When something did happen, it wasn't a whole hell of a lot.
3 people found this helpful
Normal GuyReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A predictable, but surprisingly competent and enjoyable horror movie.
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Genre fans will see the story coming before it ever gets to the end, but don't let that deter you from a great movie. The acting is more-than competent, with all of the cast putting in real emotional work for their characters, and the story while treading familiar ground is a new, unique take than what we typically see. The CGI is, of course, a bit dated, but that never really detracted from the experience.
Most importantly, the feeling of dread and looming suspense is there in every scene, and you'll gasp and recoil along with the actors at all the right points. I have seen better horror movies, but I have also seen far, far worse. Compared to what gets pumped out every year, this is fairly high-grade in my opinion.
If you enjoy the suspenseful horror / thriller genre, you will like this movie.
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