The Possession is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and co-produced by Sam Raimi. It was released in the US on August 31, 2012, with the film premiering at the Film4 FrightFest. The story is based on the allegedly haunted Dybbuk box. Bornedal cited films like The Exorcist as an inspiration, praising their subtlety
Directed by : Ole Bornedal
Produced by : Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, J. R. Young
Written by : Juliet Snowden, Stiles White
Starring : Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick
Music by : Anton Sanko
Studio : Ghost House Pictures, North Box Productions
Distributed by : Lionsgate
Release date: August 31, 2012
Parents Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) are in the process of divorce, which is having an effect on their children, Em (Natasha Calis), and Hannah, (Madison Davenport). When the children move into Clyde's new house, which is seemingly derelict and ancient, they take time to adjust to the new split in their lives.
The next day, they stop by at a yard sale, initially to buy more dishes, but then Em becomes intrigued by an old box which has Hebrew inscriptions engraved on it. The box fascinates Em, but Clyde cannot speak to her much thanks to his ongoing job at the local university, which takes up most of his spare time. Em becomes solitary and spends all her spare time staring at the box. Em's behaviour increasingly grows more sinister, with Clyde and Hannah freaking out when they see her sitting in her room surrounded by moths one night. They hear an animalistic noise in their kitchen one night, but when the intruder escapes through their dog flap, Clyde assumes it was a racoon. Stephanie, Clyde's divorced wife, spends much more time with her new boyfriend, Brett (Grant Show), rather than with her original family, and Stephanie assumes the crowd of moths which were with Em were attracted to the pizza they had for dinner. Em's behaviour gradually grows more violent, and Clyde picks up on the change, but when she strikes out at a schoolmate who was trying to steal her box, she is bought to the attention of the authorities, who reccommend that she spend an amount of time away from the box which has fixated her so greatly. Unfortunately, the female psychiatrist assigned to look after the box that night dies when a malevolent force inside the box throws her rapidly around the room and beats her to death before throwing her out the window.
In a diner, Em tells Clyde about a woman who lives in her box and says she's "special." Em has notably changed by rapidly eating at a faster-than-normal rate. Em also tells Clyde that "she's still hungry." Clyde attempts to dispose of the box by throwing it in a garbage unit, but Em races from her house late at night and retrieves the box. Clyde is immensely disturbed and takes the box to one professor at the university he teaches gym at, and the professor tells him the box dates back to the 1820s and was used to contain an ancient Jewish evil, a demon named a Dybbuk. When the demon got too much to handle, the Jews contained it in a box, and sealed the box to prevent anyone opening it. Clyde immediately travels to the local Hasidic community, and learns from a Jew named Tzadok (Matisyahu) that the possession has three main stages, with the third stage being the one where the Dybbuk latches onto the host, becoming one entity with the host. The only way to defeat the Dybbuk is to lock it back into the box in a forced ritual. At home, Em violently attacks her mother, Stephanie, when Stephanie discovers her eating raw hamburgers, but then the Dybbuk launches itself out of Em and tries to personally kill Stephanie on its own, but reattaches itself to Em, when the attempt fails. Em has no recollection of her violent attack. Stephanie reunites with Clyde to have an MRI scan on Em, Stephanie is horrified when she sees the Dybbuk's face inside her skeleton, near the heart.
Stephanie realizes Em is possessed and they rush to a deserted room in the hospital to conduct an exorcism with Tzadok. The Dybbuk proves too powerful to handle and escapes, with Em rushing down the corridors and Clyde following. Em beats Clyde seemingly to death, but he is soon revealed to have survived, but he is possessed by the Dybbuk. Tzadok performs an exorcism which is successful, with the Dybbuk crawling out of Clyde and back into the box, which slams shut.
Em, human once again, is reunited with her family, who thank Tzadok as he departs. However, his car is slammed into by a truck, killing him. The Dybbuk box is unharmed, with the demon still inside.
The Possession - Official Trailer HD 2012