- 1 hr 32 min
This supernatural horror film was released in U.S. theaters on August 31, 2012 and actually topped the box office over the Labor Day holiday. Critics rendered mixed reviews of the Lionsgate film. The estimated DVD release date for The Possession is slated for January 2013. The running time of the film is 91 minutes. The Possession was directed by Ole Bornedal and co-produced by Sam Raimi. Raimi is most well-known for his direction of the Evil Dead series and the hugely successful Spider-Man films. Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Kyra Sedgwick are the starring cast of The Possession. The plot of this film centers on a young girl, Emily Brenek, who becomes intrigued by an unusual, wooden box at a tag sale. Her father, Clyde Brenek, is easily persuaded to purchase the item for his daughter. The recent divorcee is trying very hard at the beginning of the film to help his daughters' Emily and Hannah transition to overnight visits with him at his new residence. The mother of Emily and Hannah, Stephanie Brenek, has already moved forward with a new love interest from the outset of the film. Emily keeps the ancient box inscribed with curious Hebrew text in her room and it doesn't take long for her behavior to begin to change in dramatic ways. The young girl becomes noticeably more distant from her family, begins having problems at school, and can be described as downright sinister as the story progresses. Clyde, Emily's father, takes matters into his own hands and researches the origin of the box and reaches out to the Hasidic community for assistance. He finds a reluctant ally in a Jew named Tzadok. Eventually Emily's mother and sister also join the crusade to free this little girl from the grip of an ancient Jewish demon known as Abizu. This movie was allegedly inspired by an actual wine cabinet that has been identified as a Dybbuk Box. The box, as the story goes, was brought to the United States by a Polish Holocaust survivor. Upon her death, the Dybbuk Box changed hands many times leaving a trail of misfortune along its travels until finding a home with current owner, Jason Haxton. Director Bornedal, who claims not to be a superstitious individual, has reported to the press that many strange things did occur during and after the production of this movie.