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By James Whittington, Sunday 22nd February 2015
Grace: The Possession - DVD Review
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
There has been countless “possession” movies released over time and the theme peaked with the unleashing of The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976). Since then, the genre has come and gone with little fanfare or originality. Grace: The Possession changes that with a novel and devilishly clever twist, it tells its story through the eyes of the person possessed.
Grace (Alexia Fast) is a beautiful, naive, virginal college freshman trying to deal with campus culture and her outgoing new roommate. But when a terror takes over her body and unleashes chaos, Grace returns to the cold clutches of her severe grandmother (Lin Shaye). Haunted by the horrific death of her mother and her deeply ingrained destructive urges, Grace must stop the demon inside before it’s too late.
Offering a unique first-person perspective of the possessed, Grace: The Possession is a tense, sharp and well-structured shocker that uses smart camera work to hammer home the claustrophobia, confusion and pure terror being experienced by the person possessed. The acting is solid throughout with Alexia Fast giving a well measured performance of a young girl who is convinced she is going out of her mind and the ever reliable Alan Dale continues his procession though as many film genres his career can handle. Special mention goes to Lin Shaye who continues to prove to the world she's horror's number one character actress.
It starts off feeling slightly like a found footage movie and you really don’t engage with the people Grace encounters but when nice little touches such as experiencing the flashes of possession and the way we get to really feel as if we’re seeing things from Grace’s POV (we even get to experience her eyes blinking) you know this is going to be something different.
It’s a shame this DVD release is bereft of extras, I’d have liked to have seen how some of the effects were realised as there’s some really smart CGI/practical work on show here. The way mirror and window reflections of characters are used to emphasise the possession adds much to the originality of the piece and keeps it from becoming bland and predictable.
Grace: The Possession is a smart shocker that takes this horror genre to a new level but I fear it may have raised the bar too high and feel it may be sometime before another possession movie will be released with this much invention.
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