Thursday, October 15, 2015

31 Nights of Terror 2015 #8 - The Possession of Michael King (2014

The Possession of Michael King (2014)
Director: David Jung
Starring: Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko
Format: DVD

Plot: Michael King (Shane Johnson), doesn't believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making 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. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.

This one flew under the radar for me - I'd never heard of it before picking it up for $1 at a closing video store in my town (part of a 50-DVD lot I grabbed on the last day before they closed up for good). But even going in blind I knew what to expect (well duh, the name says it all) and I'm no real fan of possession movies - they all seem to retread the same stuff we've seen going all the way back to The Exorcist (which I do dig).

On a positive note, The Possession of Michael King starts off strongly. The early parts where Michael is investigating paranormal activities (necromancer, retired priest, freaky devil-worshipping swinger couple) is good stuff. But unfortunately once our guy becomes "possessed" it's all down hill from there.

In Johnson's defence he does a pretty fine job of playing our hero in supernatural peril. It's just that we've seen it all before so many times. You know the drill - weird body and facial contortions, furniture moving, loud sounds, jump scares, the whole nine yards. If that's your thing, have at it, but it honestly bores me to tears. And why the hell is a possessed Michael still filming everything?

The Possession of Michael King is a generic found footage demon movie, not the worst I've seen, but nothing I'd be in a hurry to watch again.

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