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THE POSSESSION <span>(2012)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 91

Release dates 31/08/2012

BBFCInsight Contains strong sustained threat and horror

Genre(s) Horror

Director(s) Ole Bornedal

Cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport, Natasha Calls

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 21/08/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE POSSESSION is a US horror film about a young girl called Em who is possessed by a Jewish demon after opening a mysterious box she finds at a yard sale. Her family gradually realise what's happening and try to find a way of exorcising the demon. The film is rated 15 for strong sustained threat and horror.

The sense of threat begins very early on and is sustained throughout the film as Em's behaviour becomes increasingly unpredictable and violent. There are several jump moments and a number of sequences in which characters are terrified. In one scene, a woman is thrown about and beaten up by an unseen force, causing her limbs to twist in unusual angles. There is another scene in which a woman becomes distressed as blood starts to run from her eyes. The climactic exorcism scene shows Em completely taken over by the demon, speaking in its voice and screaming and lashing out. Her eyes roll back in her head as people try to restrain her and exorcise the demon.

This film also contains one use of strong language, said aggressively (this was not present in the cinema version), some mild language including uses of 'shit', 'hell', 'damn' and 'screwed', and a single use of the word 'spaz'.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD


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