The Possession

Well, that was weird: a Jewish horror movie? In The Possession, a girl buys a very old wooden box in a yard sale. Unbeknownst to anyone, the box contains a dybbuk – a malevolent Hebraic demon – which is released when the bratty child opens it. Said dybbuk possesses said child, mayhem ensues: blah blah blah.

OK, so it’s not an entirely terrible film – derivative certainly, obvious definitely, but it’s atmospheric enough, and (jump-the-shark moment not withstanding) it includes more than enough jumps and starts to while the night away. Not great, better than dreadful. The Possession filmed in Vancouver, with scenes filmed at the creepy, decommissioned Riverview Mental Hospital, which has appeared in just about every tv series going in the last few years.