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With Lionsgate’s The Possession heading into theatres and the San Diego Comic-Con happening right now, we figured we ought to get to getting you cats the scoop on the upcoming based on true events terror tale.

JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN

This seems to be largely character driven film.

It is. The term “horror genre” scared the crap out of me at first but it was really interesting stepping into that world. But then I read the script and talked with Ole [Bornedal; director] and we kind of got a handle on it. It’s a film about people with some horribly scary things happening. The story itself drew me in. But it’s scary as hell. It’s The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby, it’s not a shaky-cam movie. It’s not found footage ridiculousness. Ole is super talented and Natasha blows the doors off the thing. She’s super talented.

Actually she was one of the main reasons I did the movie. I saw her audition tape and she blew me away. I couldn’t believe the stuff she was doing and the stuff that Ole was getting out of her. And this kind of stuff will keep the viewer on the edge of their seat the entire time.

As a father, was it hard to watch someone so young be put through all of this? Sam Raimi didn’t direct this, but he produced it and he puts his protagonists through a lot.

Yeah. I mean again we have to talk about her amazing performance. You have to wonder where an 11-year-old girl can mentally go for all of this. I wasn’t worried about Em [the character], I was worried about Natasha. But she was a typical 11-year-old girl between takes, and then the camera started rolling and suddenly she was possessed. I’m not sure where she got it from but it was scary as hell. I’d look at Kyra [Sedgwick] and be like, “What the fuck?!”

NATASHA CALIS

You have to go through quite a lot in this film.

Yes. It’s about this little girl who finds this box which contains malicious demons that infect her. And it’s her family’s job to reunite and save her before it’s too late. I unfortunately get possessed.

What were some of the craziest things you had to do?

Oh gosh, there were a few. I did all my stunts and I had a blast doing them. Probably one of the scariest things was that in one scene they had to dump buckets and buckets of moths on me. Real life moths! It wasn’t very pleasant. I was in this room by myself and it was really dark and I had all of these moths crawling all over me.

This is your first horror movie.

Yes.

Are you a fan of the genre?

Yeah. I haven’t seen a lot of them but I love getting a good scare sometimes and would like to see more. I love the ones that I do see.

Have you seen this one yet?

Yeah. It’s sooooo scary!

The flick centers upon a family who finds themselves in possession of a haunted box and their struggles to get rid of its evil curse. The jumping off point is a true story culled from the Leslie Gornstein-bylined Los Angeles Times article “A Jinx In A Box” (July 2004).

Look for Ole Bornedal’s The Possession starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport, and Natasha Calis in theatres on August 31st, 2012.

Synopsis
Based on true events, ‘The Possession’ is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Natasha Calis Talk The Possession

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It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

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DIS Review – Not for the Faint of Heart!

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Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix, Peter Gonzales Falcon

Directed by Adrian Corona


I’ve made this claim many a time on this website before, and in the company of film friends as well: Bill Oberst Jr. is one of those actors that can literally be thrust into ANY role, and deliver a performance with so much harnessed electricity that you couldn’t believe that it was possible. I was the lucky recipient chosen to get a look at his latest project, titled DIS, and I think that I can honestly say – this is the stuff that nightmares are constructed of.

Directed by Adrian Corona, this 60-minute dive into the black depths of hell, and in actuality DIS is located between circles # 6 and 9 in Dante’s Divine Comedy, and trust me when I tell you – there’s not a shred of comedic relief in this demented presentation. Oberst Jr plays an ex-soldier named Ariel, and his seemingly harmless jaunt through the woods will become anything but that, and judging from the film’s opening scenes, you are meant to feel as uncomfortable about this watch as any you might have checked out in recent memory.

Perversion is the norm here, and lord help you if you’re caught where you shouldn’t be…my skin’s crawling just thinking about what I saw. Ariel’s travels are basically dialogue-free, but it only adds to the infinite levels of creepiness – you can tell he’s being stalked, and the distance between he and the horrors that await are closing in rather quickly.

Visually by itself, this hour-long chiller can sell tickets without any assistance – hollowed-out buildings and long sweeping shots of a silent forest give the movie that look of complete desolation. Sliced up into three acts, the film wastes no time in setting up the story of a killer needing fresh blood to appease his Mandrake garden – seriously guys, I can’t type as much flashy stuff as there needs to be in order to describe this innately disturbing production.

If you’re one of those types who tends to shy away from the graphic side of things, then I’d HIGHLY advise you to keep your TV tuned to the Hallmark Channel for some holiday entertainment, because this one registers high on the “I can’t believe someone thought of this” meter. So the quick recap is this: Oberst Jr in a standout performance, visual excellence, and an unshakable sense of debasement on a cellular level – keep the kiddies out of the living room with this one. Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended, and one that I’ll throw down as a top 5 for me in 2017.

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Director Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended!

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