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The Possession (2012)

  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 11,965 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 31 August 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min
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The Possession (2012)

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  • IMDb page: The Possession (2012)
  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 11,965 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 31 August 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min
  • Filming Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Budget: $14,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $69,899,892(Worldwide)(7 October 2012)
  • Director: Ole Bornedal
  • Stars: Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Anton Sanko   
  • Soundtrack: I Will Not Bow
  • Sound Mix: Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Yard Sale | Box | Blood | Two Word Title | Crawl

Writing Credits By:

  • Juliet Snowden (written by) &
  • Stiles White (written by)
  • Leslie Gornstein (article "Jinx in a Box")

Known Trivia

  • Was originally rated R by the MPAA for “violence, terror and disturbing images” but the film was eventually edited to receive a PG-13 rating for “mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences.”
  • Stephen Susco, Moira Buffini and E.L. Katz worked on previous versions of the script.
  • While promoting the film on Craig Ferguson [airdate 8/29/12], Jeffrey Dean Morgan reported that strange incidents took place during production that couldn’t be explained. Lights exploded during the filming of key scenes; and just two days after wrapping principal photography, all of the props for the film, stored in case of re-shoots, were destroyed in a fire that mysteriously erupted from within the storage-house.

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Stephanie complains to Clyde that his e-mails were "still showing up on her computer". This would be understandable if she were using a program like Microsoft Outlook, but the e-mail she is referring to is Gmail, which is stored online, not on the user's computer, and she would have had to deliberately log in to his account in order to view his emails and/or download files.

Plot: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.  »

Story: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.


Synopsis: This is a fictional retelling of LA Times reporter Leslie Gornstein’s story "Jinx in a Box," about an antique wooden box purchased on eBay that contained an evil spirit and was brought to America by a Holocaust survivor after World War II.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Nicole Brown known as executive producer
  • Joseph Drake known as executive producer
  • Brendan Ferguson known as line producer: additional photography
  • Maya Fukuzawa known as executive producer (as Maya Gallagher)
  • Nathan Kahane known as executive producer
  • Kelli Konop known as co-producer
  • Michael Paseornek known as executive producer
  • Sam Raimi known as producer
  • John Sacchi known as executive producer
  • Peter Schlessel known as executive producer
  • Stephen Susco known as co-producer
  • Robert G. Tapert known as producer
  • Stan Wertlieb known as executive producer
  • Shawn Williamson known as line producer
  • J.R. Young known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan known as Clyde
  • Natasha Calis known as Em
  • Kyra Sedgwick known as Stephanie
  • Jay Brazeau known as Professor McMannis
  • Madison Davenport known as Hannah
  • Matisyahu known as Tzadok
  • Grant Show known as Brett
  • Rob LaBelle known as Russell
  • Nana Gbewonyo known as Darius
  • Anna Hagan known as Eleanor
  • Brenda Crichlow known as Miss Shandy
  • Iris Quinn known as Doctor
  • Graeme Duffy known as Lab Tech
  • David Hovan known as Adan
  • Chris Shields known as Assistant Coach
  • Adam Young known as Preston
  • Jim Thorburn known as First Responder
  • Quinn Lord known as Student
  • Nimet Kanji known as Nurse Patty
  • James O'Sullivan known as Pest Control Guy
  • Marilyn Norry known as Principal
  • Armin Chaim Kornfeld known as Rebbe Shah
  • John Cassini known as Stephanie's Attorney
  • Josh Whyte known as Player
  • Greg Rogers known as Dr. Walterson
  • Agam Darshi known as Court Representative
  • Jarett John known as Moss
  • Timothy Paul Perez known as Officer
  • Cameron Sprague known as Abyzou
  • Jordan Stein known as Hasidic Teen
  • Charles Siegel known as Hasidic #1
  • Ari Solomon known as Hasidic #2
  • Alex Bruhanski known as Hasidic #3
  • Richard Newman known as Hasidic #4
  • Robert Morrissette known as Hasidic #5
  • Sol Pavony known as Hasidic Rabbi
  • Erin Simms known as Possessed Italian Girl
  • Frank Ferrucci known as Italian Priest
  • Sharmaine Yeoh known as Possessed Islamic Girl
  • Antoine Safi known as Islamic Male Exorcist
  • Ned Bellamy known as Trevor
  • Mark Steinberg known as Hasidic #6
  • Kyle Cornell known as Student (uncredited)
  • Amanda Dyar known as Sidewalk Passerby (uncredited)
  • Steve Saunders known as Hasidic Jew (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Anji Bemben known as hair department head
  • Renee Dombrosky known as hair stylist
  • Joann Fowler known as make-up designer
  • Céline Godeau known as special makeup effects artist
  • Erin Koplow known as makeup department head (as Erin Brasfield)
  • Sharon Markell known as hair stylist
  • Michael Nickiforek known as prosthetic and creature effects fabrication
  • Frida Norrman known as special makeup effects shop technician
  • Amy St. Jean known as assistant makeup
  • Vicki Syskakis known as makeup effects artist
  • Bill Terezakis known as makeup fx designer

Art Department:

  • Dean Barker known as property master
  • Troy Eirich known as on-set dresser
  • Moni El Batrik known as set decoration buyer
  • Marcus Endean known as storyboard artist
  • Randy Hutniak known as assistant art director
  • Anne-Marie Leidl known as graphic designer
  • Tyler Page known as assistant property master
  • Tullis Rose known as props
  • Regan Steele known as set dresser
  • Heidi Strykiewicz known as set dresser
  • Adrien Van Viersen known as storyboard artist
  • Tony Xeros known as assistant property master




Production Companies:

  • Ghost House Pictures
  • North Box Productions

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Dub Stage, The  post-production sound services
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance
  • Lionsgate Records  soundtrack


  • Alliance Films (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Diamond Films (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Forum Hungary (2012) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Pioneer Films (2012) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2012) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Videocine S.A. de C.V. (2012) (Mexico) (theatrical)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2012) (Spain) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2012) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Noori Pictures (2011) (South Korea) (all media)
  • R Film (2012) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Star Entertainment (2012) (India) (all media)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Artifex Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Nadine Blackler known as digital compositor
  • Stanislav Enilenis known as visual effects technical director
  • Elaine Fung known as visual effects artist
  • Sean Gilhooly known as visual effects coordinator
  • Milton Muller known as digital compositor
  • Richard Patterson known as cg supervisor
  • Grant Robertson known as digital compositor
  • Adam Stern known as visual effects supervisor
  • Brent Veal known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • Argentina 30 August 2012
  • Hong Kong 30 August 2012
  • Israel 30 August 2012
  • Kazakhstan 30 August 2012
  • Philippines 30 August 2012
  • Russia 30 August 2012
  • Bulgaria 31 August 2012
  • Canada 31 August 2012
  • Estonia 31 August 2012
  • Ireland 31 August 2012
  • Lithuania 31 August 2012
  • Mexico 31 August 2012
  • Taiwan 31 August 2012
  • UK 31 August 2012
  • USA 31 August 2012
  • Colombia 7 September 2012
  • Spain 7 September 2012
  • Cambodia 13 September 2012
  • Hungary 20 September 2012
  • Netherlands 20 September 2012
  • Singapore 20 September 2012
  • Chile 4 October 2012
  • Czech Republic 4 October 2012
  • Portugal 4 October 2012
  • India 5 October 2012
  • Poland 5 October 2012
  • Italy 25 October 2012
  • Iceland 26 October 2012
  • Brazil 2 November 2012
  • Germany 8 November 2012
  • Denmark 22 November 2012
  • Belgium 26 December 2012
  • France 26 December 2012

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences (re-rating on appeal)



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