Director Ole Bornedal’s The Possession will work its spooky magic on DVD and Blu-ray beginning this January, according to The HD Room.
Starring Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Kyra Sedgwick, the film tells the story of a young girl who buys a seemingly innocent box at a yard sale. Unbeknownst to the girl and her family, her purchase comes packaged with a malicious spirit that soon takes possession of its owner.
The film was a surprise hit for distributor Lionsgate, which may explain why the company is eager to dump the movie on DVD and Blu-ray so quickly. Since there are a metric ton of new genre films on the market every month, Lionsgate is making sure the flick gets released while it’s still fresh in the minds of moviegoers.
While The Possession may have made a dent at the North American box office, critics were not overly impressed with this tale of evil spirits and the young children they tend to possess. Presently, the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score sits at 38 percent. Chances are that number isn’t going to change anytime soon.
In his capsule review of the flick, Entertainment Weekly writer Keith Staskiewicz explained that the film ultimately does nothing original with its well-worn possession plot.
“There may be need for an exorcist, but the power of Christ isn’t going to compel the Jewish demon wreaking havoc in this competent but shopworn horror film,” he wrote.
Washington Post writer Mark Jenkins was a bit more kind to the production. “Director Ole Bornedal, a Danish film veteran, is craftier than most of the young pups making horror pictures these days, and Juliet Snowden and Stiles White’s script actually tells a story, rather than just stringing together a series of loud noises and shock cuts,” Jenkins explained.
Are you looking forward to the home video release of The Possession? Are you planning to pick up a copy on DVD or Blu-ray on January 15?