The Possession parents guide

The Possession

Overall C+

Be careful what you buy at yard sales! After his daughter (Natasha Calis) purchases an antique box, the girl unwittingly unleashes a nasty spirit. Desperate to offer protection, her father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) seeks help from his ex-wife (Kyra Sedgwick).

Release date August 31, 2012

Violence C
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B-
Substance Use B-

Why is The Possession rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Possession PG-13 PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences. (Appealed and reedited from an R rating.)

Run Time: 91 minutes

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The Possession
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Possession rated PG-13? The Possession is rated PG-13 by the MPAA PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences. (Appealed and reedited from an R rating.)

Violence: An evil spirit causes people to contort their bodies and damage themselves through self-inflicted injury. A woman is tossed about a room and has blood oozing from her eyes. Another woman has similar experiences and is eventually thrown to her death from a second-story window. A child is shown with facial disfigurement, and a foreign body is seen in the back of her throat. A hand appears from a characters mouth. The production includes frequent scary depictions, “jump” scenes and moments of peril. A character walks barefoot over a floor covered in broken glass. A large truck suddenly hits a car, and it is implied the vehicle’s one occupant has died.

Sexual Content: A man makes a veiled sexual remark to his ex-wife.

Language: The script includes a scatological slang, term of Christian deity and a few other mild profanities.

Drugs/Alcohol: A character drinks wine to relieve stress.

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The Possession
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Frightening Scenes.
Alberta 14A Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended For Children.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended for Children, Disturbing Content.
Ontario 14A Disturbing Content, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+ Horror.
Martimes 18A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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News About "The Possession"

Cast and Crew

The Possession is directed by Ole Bornedal and stars Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Possession movie is January 14, 2013. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Possession

Release Date: 15 January 2013

The Possession releases to home video with the following extras:

- Audio commentary with director Ole Bornedal

- Audio commentary with writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White

- “The Real History of the Dibbuk Box” featurette


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