|Let's dress up like demon hunters!|
The Possession is trying hard to be a scary movie with a religious twist, a la The Exorcist. Now, I must confess that I'm not a horror fan, not really, but this one's okay by me. The Possession is one of those movies that would rather make you jump than gross you out. It takes the approach that little girls acting weird are scarier than boogeymen and in this, I think the filmmakers are right. Outside forces - the maniacal axe-murderer breaking down your door, for example - are certainly scary, but we know what to do about those. 4Ss and a B - shoot, stab, slash, shove, or burn. One of those will probably do the trick. But when the terror is inside, when it's the familiar, especially the innocent, who's the Big Bad, well, a different system must be found to deal with the threat/problem. After all, that's not J. Random Killer, that's Missy.
|Nothing to see here, everything's fine.|
That said, the film works a different vein of terror in that it's not a Catholic exorcism but a Jewish one. The box was made to contain a dybbuk, a frightening supernatural creature out of Jewish folklore. But the exorcism itself you've seen before - demons don't want to give up hosts very easily and they get extremely irked at anyone who tries to evict them.
By the way, the film is based on a story that ran in the Los Angeles Times back in 2004 called "A Jinx in a Box." Read the story and you'll understand that when films use language like "based on actual events," they don't necessarily mean "based MUCH" on actual events.