Here at Dread Central we fantasize about a world in which the MPAA is abolished and the elderly thought police have been put out to pasture for good. A place where filmmakers can bring their original visions to the screen and viewers are allowed to actually use their brains, make their own choices, and think for themselves. Imagine that!
Getting Lionsgate’s Dibbuk Box, now known as The Possession, to the big screen has been a real pain in the ass. Back in November the filmmakers went before the MPAA and were slapped with an R rating for “violence, terror, and disturbing images.” They appealed the decision, but their cries fell on deaf ears. Probably because the members of the MPAA forgot to re-up the batteries for their hearing aids.
Well, fast forward a couple of months, insert a couple of cuts, and now The Possession has finally been granted a PG-13 rating, meaning it can reach a broader audience than it could have with an R.
That’s right, kids; the flick is now PG-13 for “mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences.” Whatever the hell that means. I swear these cats just make things up as they go along.
Look for Ole Bornedal’s The Possession starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport, and Natasha Calis in theatres on August 31st, 2012.
A recently divorced father’s (Morgan) youngest daughter becomes strangely connected to an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. As his daughter’s behavior becomes more erratic, the father senses a dark presence building until he discovers that the box was built to contain a dibbuk — a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
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