Plot: A daughter of a recently divorced dad picks up a seemingly evil box at a garage sale, and it starts to change her. By the name of the film you can probably guess the rest!
Type of Horror: Exorcism Movie, some shock-horror moments
Production/Cast: Directed by Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch), Clyde the father Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Comedian from Watchmen), Kyra Sedgwick as Stephanie (the mother) and Natasha Calis as the possessed daughter Em. All do a grand job in their role.
This film does exactly what you’d expect – for better or worse. Stopping ‘for plates’ at a garage sale is a bit ropey but besides that, the logic in the movie is solid enough. There’s a couple of moments where you’ll have to suspend belief (like silently pointing towards something instead of saying anything, or losing sight of someone in a small kitchen) but overall it makes sense. For example, when the father suspects this evil-looking box, the first thing he does is throw it away. When his daughter has a convulsion, exorcism is last on the list! — They go to the hospital for a full body CT scan. I did appreciate those logical steps. Sure the scares are predictable, but I did like how they bring Jewish folklore into it. That felt like a new spin on things. What’s the deal with casting a 13 year old as a protagonist? It seems an awkward age to cast someone in a horror film, either go for young child or teenager…
Overall: This is a solid average 5/10 movie. There’s nothing wrong with the movie, there’s no standout bits, but it’s perfectly acceptable watching. Sure, why not!