We have no shortage of demonic possession movies out there but most of them follow a tiresome and predictable path, all of them trying to re-create the same fear that, The Exorcist had on its viewers back in 1973.
I believe there is an uneven balance in the sub-genre with the bad movies outweighing the good ones, so it’s always great to see someone take the genre and fuck with it a bit and try something fresh and new.
Ava’s Possessions focuses on the aftermath of demonic possession and begins where most possession films end – OK, imagine when Regan from, The Exorcist was finally exorcised of her demon and asks her mum “Mother, what did I do when I was possessed?” – I’d imagine her mum would say something like “well you where walking down the stairs like some sort of deformed spider, you probably have snapped every bone in your neck from your 360 degree head-spin, oh, you vomited green stuff all over a priest, also killed a priest, and done some pretty nasty stuff to yourself with a crucifix, but we wont go into that‘ well this is what we deal with in Ava’s Possessions, the destruction and havoc caused during possession.
Ava, wakes up tied to a bed, horrified and scared – her loved ones stand nervously in the corner of the room, and there is a priest hovering over her, sweating as if he has been trapped in the fiery pits of hell for days – Ava was possessed, and has been for the last month and her demon has just been successfully exorcised.
Ava done some horrible things, and you can’t blame her, this is what happens when your soul gets taken hostage by a demon – and now she has to face-up for the crimes that she committed.
She can either go to jail, or attend a support group with other survivors of demonic possession called Spirit Possession Anonymous group, but the demon that she thought was sent back to hell ain’t finished with her and is looking to come back to take her soul hostage once again.
The group is much like an Alcoholics Anonymous Group, each one them fighting with their own demons, each with horrible stories to tell of their time spent possessed. One of them even wants to bring back their demon because she was way more fun when she was possessed.
The only way that Ava can face her demon is by trying to piece together everything that happened during possession, and she probably needs to find out why there is a huge blood-stain under her rug in her apartment.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying that Ava’s Possessions is a horror film, it is a dark crime/comedy with elements of horror, but most of all it’s really clever, blends some familiar horror tropes while at the same time offering us something unique and original.
Ava’s Possessions is writer/director Jordan Galland’s third feature, his earlier movies include Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead (2009) and Alter Egos (2012)
The film stars Louisa Krause (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Carol Kane (The Princess Bride, Dog Day Afternoon, Gotham), Lou Taylor Pucci (Spring, Evil Dead remake), William Sadler (Bill & Ted’s Bogus journey, Die Hard 2, Homeland, Madame Secretary), Alysia Reiner (Sideways, That Awkward Moment, Orange Is The New Black), Dan Fogler (Scenic Route, Fanboys, Balls Of Fury, Don Peyote), Jemima Kirke (Girls), Wass Stevens (House Of Cards, Ugly Betty, The Wrestler), Deborah Rush (Orange Is The New Black, Spin City).
Sean Lennon adds to the film with an original OST that seemed to suit the mood of the film perfectly. Galland and Lennon seem to work really well together with Ava’s Posssessions being the third time that Lennon has composed for Galland.
AVA’S POSSESSIONS HIT THEATRES AND VOD ON MARCH 4