The-possession

Interview: One on One With The Possession Director Ole Bornedal

In 1997, Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal made his U.S. feature filmmaking debut with Nightwatch.  

Starring Ewan McGregor, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte and Patricia Arquette, the thriller was a remake of Bornedal’s 1994 film Nattevagten from Denmark.  Nightwatch was a Dimension Films production and it faced a small delay reaching the screen (as is/was the case with some Dimension projects).  Following its lackluster reception, Bornedal returned home to continue his directing career overseas.

His name wasn’t connected to Hollywood again until 2007 when Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures acquired the American remake rights to Bornedal’s sci-fi/horror film The Substitute.  While progress on that remake moved slowly, Raimi asked Bornedal to take a crack at another American film, The Possession, opening in theaters this Friday.

The film is a loose re-telling of Los Angeles Times writer Leslie Gornstein’s article “Jinx in a Box” and centers around a cursed relic containing mysterious familial tokens that is mistakenly purchased and its new owner must solve its mystery to save his own family.

Shock spoke to Bornedal about The Possession and working with producer Sam Raimi.  He also reveals who was being considered for the role co-star Matisyahu now plays in the film, how he made star Jeffrey Dean Morgan “crack” and what’s wrong with modern filmmaking.

Exclusive: Sam Raimi Talks a Bit More About That Horror Film He’s Writing

Sam Raimi took us a bit off guard last week when – while out promoting The Possession – he let us know he was writing a new horror film.

In this interview, the director of the forthcoming Oz The Great and Powerful, said, “I’d like to make another horror movie, I’m writing one with my brother right now.  I’m really looking forward to it.”

Naturally, Shock wanted to know more…as did its readers (some of you took to our Twitter and Facebook pages to express your excitement).  So I took the opportunity to ask Raimi more about this project when Shock hit the Hollywood red carpet premiere for The Possession.

What’s a Dibbuk? This Possession Featurette Explains…

To get audiences ready for The Possession – opening next Friday, August 31st – Lionsgate has released this 3-minute featurette about the “Dibbuk.”  

You see, The Possession draws heavily on the Dibbuk lore and it’s an integral part of the story.  So, what the hell is a Dibbuk?  Well, depending on your upbringing, you may or may not know.  I’m going to assume you haven’t seen The Unborn from ’08 – which is good for you but that film’s story also calls upon the use of a Dibbuk, too.  Regardless, answers await you.  Get schooled.  Head inside for the video…

Interview: Sam Raimi On The Possession, Returning to Horror, the Evil Dead Remake…

This afternoon, Shock – along with three other horror outlets – jumped on the phone with Sam Raimi.

The man who gave us the Evil Dead and Spider-Man trilogies is producing, through his Ghost House Pictures outfit, The Possession, opening in theaters August 31st.

The production company has allowed Raimi, with his producer Rob Tapert, to keep a finger on the pulse of the genre while he tackles other endeavors (he’s currently at work on Oz The Great and Powerful). Possession takes its cue from this L.A. Times article and concerns a young girl who inherits a Dibbuk Box, but this seemingly innocent, archaic object comes with a price.  Directed by Ole Bornedal, the film is a perfect fit under the Ghost House banner and certainly carries Raimi’s sensibilities.

In the interview you’ll find after the jump, Raimi discusses Possession’s development, his role as producer, the Evil Dead remake he’s overseeing and what makes the horror audience so special.  He even hints at his own return to horror as a director.  Always cordial, honest and a thrill to talk to, here is Sam…

First Clip From The Possession Hits

Lionsgate has released the first clip from the horror film The Possession which you can watch after the jump! Opening in theaters on August 31, the Ole Bornedal-directed film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport and Natasha Calis.

More Images for the Sam Raimi-Produced The Possession

Lionsgate has issued more images from The Possession, the Sam Raimi/Rob Tapert-produced Ghost House production directed by Ole Bornedal.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport, Matisyahu and Natasha Calis star in the supernatural thriller opening August 31st.

The film is a re-telling of Los Angeles Times writer Leslie Gornstein’s article “Jinx in a Box” about an antique wooden box purchased on eBay which reportedly had been brought to America by a Holocaust survivor after World War II. The box, supposedly containing an evil spirit, brought devastating effects to a series of buyers. Inspired by these real events, “Dibbuk Box” centers around a cursed relic containing mysterious familial tokens that is mistakenly purchased and its new owner must solve its mystery to save her own family.

The Possession Reveals a Motion Poster

Lionsgate has released a motion poster for its late-summer horror offering, The Possession, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport and Natasha Calis. Check it out after the break!

Ole Bornedal directed the supernatural thriller which takes its inspiration from a Los Angeles Times article called “Jinx in a Box.” Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (the duo behind Boogeyman and Knowing) penned the script.

Banner for The Possession Reveals New Art

Lionsgate’s Facebook page for The Possession has revealed some new art for the supernatural thriller opening on August 31st.  This is the third bit of key art we’ve seen come out for the film which was produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.  It certainly works.

Stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Natasha Calis and director Ole Bornedal will be participating in some interviews with us at Comic-Con this week.  Stay tuned for our chat with this trio.

Welcome The Apparition Trailer & One-Sheet

Dark Castle’s latest endeavor, The Apparition, is getting a release through Warner Bros. on August 24th (one week before The Possession) and, today, the trailer and poster have made their debut.

With an ominous voice over, the trailer gives us a taste of the frightening events that start to occur in a young couple’s home when they discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.

The film marks the feature director debut of Todd Lincoln.  Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Julianna Guill, Tom Felton and Luke Pasqualino star.

Trailer: A Look at Lionsgate’s The Possession

Lionsgate has premiered the first trailer for its late-summer horror offering The Possession, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport and Natasha Calis.  Ole Bornedal directed the supernatural thriller which takes its inspiration from a Los Angeles Times article called “Jinx in a Box.”  Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (the duo behind Boogeyman and Knowing) penned the script.

The film centers around a cursed relic containing mysterious familial tokens that is mistakenly purchased and its new owner must solve its mystery to save her own family.  The trailer inside is solid and packs some good scares.

The Possession Poster Has a Hold…Of Your Face

Lionsgate really does churn out some terrific posters.  Their latest slice of “cool” is the one-sheet for The Possession which is opening on August 31st.

Based on a true story, the film is the story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil.  

Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em