You were at the beach. You were visiting relatives. You had friends over for one, last barbecue. You were scrubbing down the altar for the midnight sacrifice to the Great Old Ones (special for Providence only). Whatever you were doing, it was something you felt was more important than being in the theater this past Labor Day weekend.
And why not? While nowhere near a transcendent filmgoing experience, director Ole Bornedal’s dip into THE EXORCIST well, THE POSSESSION, mustered up enough atmosphere, dramatic tension, and credible performances — including Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick as divorced parents trying to cope with a young daughter infested with an evil demon — to merit it more attention than is usually given to films shoveled into the traditional Labor Day dumping bin. Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons take a few minutes to explore the film’s assorted pleasures and discuss the elements that made it a candidate for summary dismissal. Then Dan gives his capsule opinion of Tsui Hark’s Imax 3D spectacular, FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE and runs down what’s coming the theaters next week.
Sam Raimi “presents” this supernatural horror film from dutch director Ole Bornedal (NIGHTWATCH), working from a script by the writing team of Julia Snowden and Stiles White (KNOWING). Allegedly based on true events, the story has a young girl purchase an antique box that houses a demonic entity. As you can imagine, when the box opens, all Hell breaks loose, forcing the girl’s father to re-connnect with his estranged wife in order to battle the evil possessing their daughter. The cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan (WATCHMEN), Kyra Sedgwick (PHENOMENON), Madison Davenport, and Natasha Calis.
Lionsgate release the Ghost House Pictures production on August 31, 2012.
Variety reports that Eduardo Sanchez, co-director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, has inked a deal to direct a horror film titled THE POSSESSION. The film will be co-produced s part of a multi-pic deal between Amber Entertainment and Haxan Films (the later is the company that made BLAIR WITCH and Sanchez’s subsequent horror feature, SEVENTH MOON). Production is intended to start this October in Maryland. According to reporter Dave Mcnary, the script, by Sanchez and Jamie Nash:
…explores s the thin line between demonic possession and psychosis, starts off as a simple horror film about things that go bump in the night but slowly turns into a thriller about the evil power that exists inside one troubled young woman.
Amber Entertainment is also developing a science fiction film based on Rebecca Stead’s novel When You Reach Me.