The Possession of Hannah Grace: Review by Kush Hayes
The scariest thing about the Possession of Hannah Grace is the SONY logo at the beginning of the feature. Yes, thats a tired joke, yet it is a relevant one. The same company responsible for Slenderman repeats the same mistake by muting all the color and making this movie as dark as possible. However unlike Slenderman from back in August this actually has an interesting premise.
We begin this movie with the familiar ending of a different possession movie involving two priests performing an exorcism on a young girl/host/subject as a parent of faith watches on the side in fear. In this case that parent is Hannah Graces father. And when this exorcism goes wrong, Hannah's father takes a pillow and extinguishes her flame.
We are then treated to the title card. And then we meet our protagonist played by Toronto Actress Shay “Dont Call Me Shannon” Mitchell. She plays a cop on “psych-leave” due to a mishap on the job where a suspect shot her partner in front of her. She is also a recovering drug addict. This is actually a underused trope in horror movies still, that allow our main character to tolerate all the fantastic/horrific images presented to her before her eyes. This allows her to dismiss it to hallucinations, or withdrawals, etc.
Here is where the movies becomes unrealistic:
Somehow Shay is either transferred or just picks up work at a Boston hospital morgue where apparently corpses in the district are only dropped off so infrequently that they allow only one person to be on duty. During the downtime this sole employee is to do data entry. When a delivery is made, this sole employee is expected to assist a paramedic transfer the corpse into the morgue where then they alone will begin moving the cadaver around for pictures and processing.
Whether youre in major metropolis Boston, or rural “Anytown USA” youll never work the late night/graveyard shift by yourself. Youll also never work late night/graveyard where the work environment encourages motion sensor lighting. You’ll at least have one other person there to assist you in transporting a body from gurney to a table.
Also you have a terrible job if you end up surviving being stabbed or cut by a random person, on work property, and are required to finish out your shift. This is a thing that happened to one of our two comic relief security guards. The security guards whose only jobs are to observe and report, who do less than the mortician's assistant, work in pairs as opposed to solo, but they also work after surviving a stabbing.
Let me tell you, regardless of whatever you do for work, if you get assaulted, or your life threatened with a weapon and hopefully no blood has been shed, Human Resources is supposed to send you home for the day whether you have one or seven hours left on your shift.
I suppose the best thing about this movie is while they can go that route, there are no signs we will see a sequel to this feature.
The setting is unrealistic. Its lit incredibly dark to attempt to set the spooky tone. The supporting characters are thin and unnecessary. The writing is malnourished. The premise while strong under performs in execution.
This movie could absolutely qualify for Worst of 2018, maybe even Disappointment 2018.
Delivering One out of Six Blueberries.