Main Plot Points:
- Michael King doesn’t believe in God or The Devil.
- Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural.
- Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth.
- But something does happen.
What We Thought:
- The Possession Of Michael King is a found-footage, possession film from the producers of White Noise, and The Haunting In Connecticut.
- Oh Goody! Found Footage, Possession, and from a producer of a Haunting film. Obviously I was not excited about watching this. The only thing that could have made that combination worse, is if it was a British-made horror film.
- Also, why the overly wordy title?
- There is more about Michael King’s motivations, and purpose for making his documentary in the synopsis on the back of the movie case (copied above in main plot points), than is conveyed through the film itself.
- This found-footage film really destroys, or really never establishes, the illusion of the footage having been found somewhere, due to over-editing and even worse, overly convenient camera set-ups.
- Some of the camera angles shown, there is no way someone filming a documentary happened to set a camera up there. For example, near the end when the main character falls, his face lands close-up in frame, with a shot that kind of looks like the end of Crank. So did Michael King have a camera set on the ground, outside, just in case he fell in that spot? Or when falling, did he, while possessed, happen to be able to aim his fall so he landed in frame on a camera he left on the ground outside? That is just one of many ridiculous examples from this film.
- Most of the acting in this one just wasn’t that great. I don’t know if it was poor directing, or the actors phoning it in, but any remaining illusion not destroyed by the camera work, was smashed to pieces by the performances.
- Most of the situations, rituals, etc. that Michael King goes through during the course of the film just plain seem silly.
- There really was nothing I liked about this film, maybe besides getting a chuckle seeing Dale Dickey make a brief appearance, because as a big fan of My Name Is Earl, I will always think of her as Patty The Daytime Hooker.
- I really cannot recommend this film. For the fans of found-footage films (if they exist), this doesn’t really hold up as one, and for fans of possession films(if they still exist), there are better ones out there.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Shane Jonson
- Tomas Arana
- Julie McNiven
- Dale Dickey
- Patricia Healy
- Cara Pifko
- Paul Brooks
- Jeff Levine
Recommended if You Like:
- Found-Footage Films
- Possession Films