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Whenever a film, regardless of genre, opens with a title card claiming it’s “based on a true story” or “based on true events,” moviegoers generally know to bring a certain level of skepticism to the proceedings. The “based on…” line may give a particular film a sheen of verisimilitude that, at least when the shocks and scares are occupying the screen, intensify them, but no one should expect anything approaching a fundamental truth or truths about the subject, especially when the subject in question, demonic possession, and thus, the film centered on the subject, The Possession, remains one mired in religious superstition and not in verifiable fact. In short, don’t believe what you see or here, except whatever causes you to jump out of your seat or curl up in your chair, half-hidden under your coat, jacket, or blanket.


Exorcisms aren’t just for Catholics anymore. The Possession shows us that priests aren’t the only ones equipped to do battle with demonic forces. Unfortunately, it seems the battle is pretty much the same no matter what your faith. The basic rules are still the same: an evil force is after the innocence of a child and can only be dispelled by a godly man of god of some kind. It’s a surprisingly warm and fuzzy pro-religious sentiment, but it’s one that most exorcism movies embrace. Usually you’d expect a horror film to be as blasphemous as they come, but you could argue that even The Exorcist, especially the extended cut, has strong religious convictions.