Pause for kids 14 & under
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?