DIRECTED BY: Joel Bergvall & Simon Sandquist
STARRING: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Michael Landes, Tuva Novotny & Dhirendra
Out Now To Rent and Buy
What is it all about?
Jess has the most perfect of marriage. Her husband Ryan loves her completely. He sends her love letters every day, buys gifts and lavishes her with passion that every girl would want. But Jess takes him for granted, even forgets their wedding anniversary and there is also the added troubles of his brother Roman who lives with them. The complete opposite of Ryan, this man is a brute who cares for no one apart from himself. After overhearing that Jess wants him out, Roman storms off with his bags packed and drives recklessly over a bridge. In a twist of fate, he crashes head on into his brother’s car leaving them both for dead. Jess is heartbroken to hear her husband will never recover but when Roman wakes up her life changes forever. Roman claims to be Ryan, somehow his soul is in the body of Roman, but can Jess believe a man who was born to lie…….
The Hughes Verdict
Possession finally arrives on DVD after being sat on the shelves since 2009, but was the wait worth it?
For a start I had to have a real good moan and complain about the marketing of this film. First the title is totally unfitting for the whole concept. It makes the film sound like a full blown ghost flick that will be lapped up among all horror fans. We also have the daft quote that says “From the Executive Producers of The Ring and The Grudge” which again makes it sound like this is going to be a new J Horror rip off. Then if you add the name Sarah Michelle Geller to the mix, the woman who starred in films like The Grudge and The Return, well you can see why even I when I sat down tonight to watch this, was expecting a film on these lines.
Take my advice, Possession despite the ghoul looking cover is not a horror. Why did they feel the need to advertise and sell this film like that? I suppose the reason is that they thought if they could fool some people then they my make their money back, but I can see why there be those who will sit down and watch this and go ape crazy and what is on offer.
For me personally it was a welcome surprise. I am not saying the film is a work of art, even though there are some fancy arty shots by the duo directing team of Bergvall & Sandquist, but even I am totally sick of all these films trying to be the new Ring. Thankfully the boom of those films have died now thanks to the many flops and being milked to death (take note found footage) but I was thinking that Possession may be trying to take the last ounce of quality left in the genre even though I very much doubted it.
“So why watch Hughesy?” I hear you cry. Well it was because of Sarah Michelle Geller, yes Buffy herself, a woman who I will always find time for because I simply adore the TV show that made her famous and nooooooooooo I am not talking about Ringer here. Geller seems to have sunk into B Movie over the years which is sad really because the girl could have easily have done a few action films because she surely kicked ass as the Slayer and also proved she can act the bitch in the superb Cruel Intentions. Geller simply has been underused over the years and now she pays the bills by starring in films like these but to her credit, Possession is not as ghastly as it could have been.
Now before you all rush down the DVD Stores to rent and buy and go “Well it must be good”, let me finish. The biggest surprise for me like I said was the fact that this turned out be more thriller than horror. Even after the evil brother wakes up and states he is the nice brother, I was expecting some kind of freaky shit to happen. You know the kind, long haired white faced women screaming towards the camera while crawling up the wall’s, or dark shadows at every opportunity. The fact that this never materialised and I slowly discovered that this was in fact a film centred around if a man is lying or not, well made it kind of decent, even though the thriller on show was born more in the 90’s than the now!