An Internet legend, the Dybbuk Box is an old wine chest that supposedly holds the spirit of a trapped Jewish demon. Since 2001, several people who have owned the box have been subject to strange phenomena. The piece of lore which inspired The Possession is remarkable; the film based on these odd cases is anything but. The filmmakers decided to make a by-the-numbers film about exorcising a demon from the young woman who owns the box (Natasha Calis). The always-dependable Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars as the girl’s father, and he does what he can with the material; it’s just too much of the same thing. Why filmmakers chose to turn an interesting and original story into something as banal and lifeless as this is as mysterious as the legend that inspired the film.
Director: Ole Bornedal
Producer: Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, J.R. Young, Stan Wertlieb, Peter Schlessel, John Sacchi, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, Michael Paseornek and Nicole Brown
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport, Grant Show, Matisyahu, Rob LaBelle, Nana Gbewonyo, Anna Hagan, Brenda Crichlow, Jay Brazeau, Iris Quinn, Graeme Duffy and David Hovan