The Possession trailer shouldn’t have opened the box

Posted by CB Droege

Lionsgate has released the first full-length trailer for Sam Rami’s creepy new thriller, The Possession.

Supposedly based on a true story, this film tells the tale of a family’s troubles when the daughter accidentally unleashes a demented evil upon herself.

Well, Raimi still knows how to creep, that’s for sure. Though he left the helm of this one to the somewhat green horror writer and director Ole Bornedal, the film looks skillfully made, with great production values.

It’s also interesting how stark and clinical a lot of the setting seems to be - and I have no doubt that Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick, both actors that I have a fondness for, will deliver great performances.

By the same token, even though it’s only rated PG-13, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to bring myself to see this one in the theater. The Possession seems like one of those films that would just leave me feeling stressed out at the end of it all.

The official synopsis is thus:

Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

The Possession hits theaters August 31st, 2012.