Lionsgate just released its trailer for “The Possession,” a dybbuk tale from producer Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures that’s due out Aug. 31. Maybe this film will do what David Goyer’s 2009 thriller, “The Unborn,” couldn’t — break the Catholic stranglehold on good possession films!
Based on the trailer, “The Possession” comes across like a Jewish “Exorcist.” (Note: Matisyahu — still sporting a beard — filling in for Jason Miller’s Father Damian Karras.) When a young girl, Em, buys a cursed box at a yard sale (such a deal!) and opens it, she unleashes UNSPEAKABLE EVIL! Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick star as Em’s estranged parents, who must reconcile their differences to help their demon-possessed daughter.
Originally titled “Dibbuk Box,” and based on a true story, the film is written by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White (“Boogeyman”) and directed by Ole Bornedal (“Nightwatch”).
So, will “The Possession” be the first truly scary Jewish horror film?