The Possession review

Antiques creepshow

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Edited down to a PG-13 Stateside, Ole Bornedal’s slick religious horror bears all the hallmarks of Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures (the Grudge remake, Drag Me To Hell ) – except the gore.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan excels as a harassed single dad whose youngest daughter (the brilliant Natasha Calis) becomes attached to a strange, whispering box covered in Hebrew writings.

Although proceedings skew towards predictable when she finally opens it, the film benefits from strong dialogue, pacing and performances, so you’re always painfully aware of how scared the characters are, even if you don’t quite feel the same.

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