Iffy for 14+
Demonically scary movie has low gore, strong characters.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Possession is a demon-possession horror movie that's supposedly "based on a true story." There's plenty of scary stuff and creepy special effects -- screaming, eyes rolling back in heads, etc. -- though relatively little gore. Two minor characters are beaten up by invisible forces, but a lot of the more brutal stuff happens off screen. A few trickles of blood are seen coming from eyes and mouths. Language is very infrequent and includes one use of "s--t." Sex isn't an issue, but the movie deals extensively with a divorced couple, one of whom is in a new relationship. An adult character drinks a beer in one scene.
- Families can talk about The Possession's violence. How much blood/gore is shown compared to other horror movies? Does that make the movie feel more or less intense?
- Is the movie scary? What were the scariest parts? Why were they scary? Is The Possession scarier or less scary than other horror movies?
- How does the movie handle/depict divorce? Does it seem realistic? How well or how badly is the family dealing with the situation?
- Does the movie seem like a true story? What seems true, and what doesn't? How could you find out more about what really happened?
The good stuff
Messages: Characters stand up against difficult odds, both practical and supernatural, to protect and save their loved ones.
Role models: The divorced parents appear to be working hard to get along and raise their children in the best possible way. They have their slip-ups, of course, but they keep trying.
What to watch for
Violence: Lots of scary scenes and creepy special effects, but relatively little gore. Eyeballs roll back in people's heads, a pair of fingers appear at the back of a girl's throat, and a hand is stabbed by a fork. A few trickles of blood are seen (from eyes and mouths). Two minor characters are beaten up and killed by invisible forces, though much of the beating occurs off screen. There's lots of screaming and crying, especially during the climactic exorcism scene. In one sequence, the demon makes it look and sound as if the father has slapped his daughter, though he really hasn't.
Sex: The wife has a new boyfriend, and there's some talk about it. She wears tight jeans during one sequence, and her extreme lower back (plus tattoo) is visible when she crouches down.
Language: Infrequent language includes one use of "s--t," plus "hell," "damn," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: The father drinks a beer with his pizza.
Fan Reviews provided by
Be Possessed to wait for the DVD by Darkola
The movie itself wasnt a bad movie, but at the same time it really didnt bring anything new to the table for this type of movie with someone being possessed. The story was decent, girl comes into possession of a mysterious box, she opens it, the demon locked inside the box starts to possess her ... nothing really new there. The acting was good all around, a few ok special effects were thrown in there, but the movie itself didnt make you feel anything for the characters themselves, and to me it really failed to deliver any real scare to its audience. I watched the movie from beginning to end and not once did I jump, or sit with anticipation wanting to know what was next around the corner. I have to wonder why with such a change in the movie industry, that movies these days cant compare to "The Exorcist" when it comes to a really scarry movie, anyways, I'd give this 2 out of 4 stars myself, wait for the DVD, and hope you enjoy :)
Enjoyable Possession Demon Movie by chase220
I liked this movie despite what some others had said. I thought it was a well-crafted horror movie. I love scary movies and I can honestly say this one was def up there on my list. If you like horror movies as much as I do you'll need to see this one.
The Possession by julz1217
It was a good movie I give it a B. I liked the Exorsist and it was an update to that. Its a movie you can watch at home and enjoy. Did not need to go the the theater to see it.
GO SEE IT!!! by erickahdz
OMG!!! This movie was an awesome, scary-*** movie! Kept me on the edge of my seat, biting my fingernails, snuggled under my movie blanket. No fake shots like obvious CG shots. Actors were great. The exorcism was creepy, brought tears of fear to my eyes. I really liked this movie, and would def add to my Scary collection. Sam Raimi did a great job.
I Liked it by ifaaaa
It was a good movie to watch. Not much scary but scary enough. It had slight Bollywood touches where the girl is seen slapping herself and dad is blamed for it until the climax of movie. The exorcism scene was well presented and the actors were well chosen. I especially loved the acting of lead girl. Overall once a watch for sure!
it was ok!!! by peskygnat1
I expected more from this movie! the acting through out the movie was ok at it's best. I watched a young boy about 8 or 9 sit through this movie with out hiding his face. I needed more scenes showing the thing that was in the little girl.
Don't open any wooden Boxes! by cdassau04
From the beginning it's frightening, then it gets really scary. I wanted to enjoy it more but some people don't know how act at the theater. But that being said I did really enjoy it.
The Possession by kmrichert
If you are into horror films, then you will like this one. Being that it was based on a true story makes it even more interesting. I am sure that the movie was embellished, but that's what a horror film is all about. It was pretty scary, but not too gross like green vomit! The acting was very good
It was good by philipengineer
If you've seen the trailer it kinda kills all of the scary or creepy parts. but there are a couple parts that aren't in the trailer that were still pretty creepy. so if you're interested in the exorcist movie you'll like this one because this movie really resembles the exorcist. so if you like like demons, and paranormal stuff you'll like this movie
Great acting, but I was expecting more by fresnodoggy
This film is better than alot of its kind because of the acting and they do set up the story very well. Over all I would have to say it is worth going to see, although I was expecting a little more. The actress who plays the little girl is awsome and very believeable, she is great. Of course the thearte was full of teenagers talking, making jokes and playing with their phones. this is becoming such a problem that it actually makes me avoid movies like this or any movie that will attract un attended teegagers, how sad is that. I was never able to go and see a movie without my parents. Our future is so much in trouble with these mindless children in charge. They have no respect at all for anyone, too bad the rest of the world will be taking over because of them, so sad that America will take the back seat in the future because of them, after being in the drivers seat for so long.