Movie review : ‘The Possession’

Elizabeth Golden

Modern horror proves trite and lackluster

Modern horror movies have a reputation for being absolutely horrible, and “The Possession” continues the trend. With an overdone plot, cheesy acting and only mild and infrequent scares, the film offers nothing out of the ordinary.

“The Possession” focuses on the same story repeated in practically every horror movie ever released. A family moves to a new house, a demon is unlocked, the demon finds home in the most innocent of creatures and then wreaks havoc on everyone. The demon always has to possess a little girl, because  who wouldn’t want the cute, little one to survive?

Like many horror films, “The Possession” claims it is based on a true story. For some reason, filmmakers seem to believe this concept will enhance the lack of horror in a film, which doesn’t exactly make sense. The only horror movie to succeed this way was “Paranormal Activity.” No one’s willing to believe a film without the whole shaky camera effect, obviously.

To properly review a horror film, one must determine if the overall product fulfills the filmmaker’s purpose. This is the only criteria, since scary movies were only invented to frighten the audience. No one cares whether or not the acting was mediocre or if the director knew how to effectively operate a camera. The movie could be filmed on a cell phone and would still probably make big bucks at the box office.

This last week, “The Possession” was #1 at the box office, so it’s easy to assume the reason for the high numbers. It’s simple. People want to be scared. Some may crave the adrenaline rush from a horror movie for the same reason they enjoy roller coasters or the thought of nearly dying.

If the film’s only purpose was to frighten audiences, did it succeed? Absolutely not. As one of the most squeamish human beings to walk this planet, I expected to be scared out of my mind, unable to sleep and clinging to my pillow with the lights on.

Admittedly, there were some jump scenes, but nothing very radical. During the first half, I probably scared myself with the expectation of something sudden happening, but nothing did.

I found myself laughing and criticizing the characters during the second half. Who goes into a pitch-black room to find a demon, and then instead of turning on the lights, uses a cell phone light to see?

Horror movies seem to be completely void of common sense. Viewers would think the movie’s characters would want to go the opposite direction of death, but no, they get closer to the scary demon who wants to eat their face.

“The Possession” is a typical, dumb horror movie. Thirty minutes of psychological terror is followed by an hour and a half of thinking, “Oh my god, when will this end.” Buying a ticket is only a waste of money.

Note: This review was meant to be extremely sarcastic and show my hate for the horror movie genre. Although I may have a bias towards films of this nature, I know how to review movies and if this showed one bit of potential, I would have said so. Thank you.

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