I almost missed this one. There has been a plethora of possession themed movies coming out and I’m not the sub-genre’s biggest fan. I figured just by title alone that it was another run-of-the-mill possession flick that could be easily skipped and never missed. Luckily, I was very wrong and luckily, I did see it. I actually blind-bought it and was eager to find out if it would be just another in the line of run-on stories that all end vaguely the same. What drove me to buy it was its premise; the Dybbuk box.
After I watched it, I read about how all of the actors and even the director of the film were afraid to go near it. I have to thank SyFy’s Paranormal Witness for getting me interested in this sort of thing, I didn’t even know they existed until the episode in season 2. If you haven’t seen the show, let us not side-track too far, here’s a link to find the show schedule and it’s premise: http://www.syfy.com/paranormalwitness
The film sets off strong taking you inside the home of an elderly lady who’s clearly afraid of the box that sits next to her door. She apparently has decided that the box has to go, but getting rid of a Dybbuk box isn’t as simple as just destroying it. I’ll spare you what happens with her, but it’s not a moment to bid goodbye to the box that will rattle everyone as the movie progresses obviously.
Next we’re introduced to the main storyline and learn that a separated husband and wife share their children in a less than perfect situation. The father, Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), is obviously in a very desolate place in his life and has made a few mistakes but loves his children. His wife, Kyra Sedgwick, has attempted to move on and appears to harbor a silent unhappiness that they do a solid job of pushing. Cinematically, the movie is extremely solid. The acting is good, there’s no moments where it’s unbelievable, they paint you their lives quickly, we buy it and are ready to figure out where the big problems come in to play.
Getting some time with his kids at his new house is seemingly exactly what Clyde needs to bring his broken self back together. Moving in to a very unfinished new locale, which shows how recently things between the husband and wife fell apart, actually comes to feel pretty cozy for Clyde and his girls. But nothing’s perfect, and I probably wouldn’t be watching a film about 90 minutes of pure happiness.
After some pretty typical father/daughter conversation, the box finally comes in to play. At a local yard-sale, Em (Natasha Calis) is pretty smitten with it from when she first lays eyes on it. The box has officially entered the lives of the family and, while unknowing, the ride is about to begin. At first, it’s just a creepy box. As the film progresses, Clyde starts to notice behavioral changes in Em. She becomes protective of the box and demands that no one mess with it but her. What’s in the box? Why is she so guarded about it? Clyde tries to separate his daughter from it to absolutely no avail. The rest is for you to watch and find out.
I won’t go any further in to the story, but the answer to the aforementioned questions being answered makes for a very delightfully spooky flick. You can pick it up locally most likely, but if not, it’s very affordable even in Blu-Ray format. It has some solid extras and could easily be watched again and again. I already wanted to watch it again the very next day, it’s one of those that I wanted to share with everyone. I don’t feel that way all that often when talking new horror, so it’s a treat!