The Possession (Aug 2012)


Directed by:
Ole Bornedal

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick

Release date:
Fri 31, Aug 2012

     The Possession is a 2012 horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and co-produced by Sam Raimi. It is scheduled to be released on August 31, 2012, with the film premiering at the Film4 FrightFest. The story is based on the allegedly haunted Dybbuk box. Bornedal cited films like The Exorcist as an inspiration, praising their subtlety.


     The film opens with a woman trying to open a strange box, protecting herself with holy water and a hammer. She is thrown violently around the room by an unseen force. When her son enters, she is unconscious on the floor.
     Next the audience is introduced to couple Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) who are in the process of divorce. They have two children, Em (Natasha Calis) and Hannah (Madison Davenport).
Clyde and his daughters shop at a yard sale, where Em becomes intrigued by an old box which has Hebrew inscriptions engraved on it. Clyde buys the box for her.
     They hear an animalistic noise in their kitchen one night, but when the intruder escapes through their dog flap, Clyde assumes it was a raccoon.
     Em becomes solitary and spends her spare time staring at the box. Her behavior increasingly grows more sinister and the house is infested with moths. Em's behavior gradually grows more violent. When she strikes out at a schoolmate who was trying to steal the box, she is brought to the attention of the authorities, who recommend that she spend time away from the box. That night, her teacher dies when a malevolent force throws her out a window.
     Em tells Clyde about a woman who lives in her box who says Em is "special." Her father is alarmed by her behavior. He attempts to dispose of the old box by throwing it in a garbage unit, but Em retrieves it. She seems to become totally possessed by the entity at this time.
     Clyde, immensely disturbed, takes the box to a professor at the university. The professor tells him it is a Dybbuk box and dates back to the 1920s; it was used to contain a broken spirit, an ancient Jewish evil or demon.
     Clyde immediately travels to the local Hasidic community, and learns from a Jew named Tzadok (Matisyahu) that the possession has three main stages, with the third stage being the one where the Dybbuk latches onto the host, becoming one entity with it. The only way to defeat the Dybbuk is to lock it back into the box in a forced ritual.
     At home, Em violently attacks her mother when Stephanie discovers her eating like an animal out of the refrigerator. Em is taken to the hospital for an MRI. Stephanie is horrified when she sees the Dybbuk's face in the images, next to her heart.
     Stephanie realizes Em is possessed. Clyde and Tzadok join the rest of the famly at the hospital. They attempt to conduct an exorcism but Em escapes. Clyde chases her and Em attacks him. He survives but now is possessed by the Dybbuk. Tzadok performs an exorcism which is successful: the Dybbuk crawls out of Clyde and back into the box.
     The family is reunited. Tzadok drives with the box in his vehicle. His car is hit by a truck, apparently killing him. The Dybbuk box is unharmed, with the demon still inside.



External links:

"Main Page." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Sept. 2012. Web. 13 Sept. 2012. <>. 



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