After the purchase of a small antique wooden box from a yard sale, Clyde notices that his daughter Em is beginning to act strange. At first merely writing his daughters behavior off as simply acting out because of his impending divorce, Clyde begins to realize that something else is amidst when Em begins to exhibit increasingly malevolent behavior. Ole Bornedal's The Possession, is the latest possession flick which consists of a young girl being taking over by a dislocated spirit intent on taking over her body. The film doesn't bring anything particularly new to the genre, but it delivers more than it doesn't in creating a fun, freaky experience. The Possession doesn't simply rely on jump scares like so many horror films these days, using instead some nice cinematography to create this nice tension and foreboding experience, ultimately delivering a pretty nice atmosphere. The film uses lots of slow pans, tracking shots and oscillating compositions, as well as some nice expressionistic lighting to create this atmosphere which is probably the strongest aspect of the film. While the possession does have some nice moments, the pg-13 rating really inhibited the film from getting really intense, which hurt the affect of it all for me. Produced by Sam Raimi, The Possession definitely keeps Raimi's knack for horror dealing with orifices, especially the mouth, giving the viewer some primal frightening imagery. The Possession isn't anything special, but it is definitely one of the better films to come out on the subject in awhile.
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