The Possession of Michael King (Blu-ray)

September 17, 2014 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn’t believe in God, ghosts, demons, or any other supernatural entities. When his wife dies suddenly, King decides to not only continue to doubt these things, but he seeks to prove them false, once and for all. To reach that level of proof, he plans to undergo every dark ritual and experience he can find, with the hopes that when nothing happens, the world will finally have to dismiss religion and the supernatural. He contacts all kinds of mediums, psychics, necromancers, demonoligists, and other followers of the occult, to allow them to unleash the other side upon his soul. He expects nothing to come of these dark experiments, but soon his life starts to change in some ways. His daughter begins to have visions of a monster and King himself can tell something is impacting him in a malicious fashion. As strong as his core beliefs about the supernatural are, King is surrounded by proof that not only does it exist, but it can deeply impact the realm of the living. What has taken root in King’s life and is there any chance to save himself, as well as his family?

The horror genre has suffered in recent years, with a rush of PG-13 movies that refuse to give even a mild scare. The Possession of Michael King bucks that trend however, with a visceral and sometimes shocking approach. Now make no mistake, this film uses the usual cheap scare tricks, but they’re well done and effective. So yes, expect a good amount of jump scares and such, but the movie also packs an atmospheric element that a lot of recent horror movies lack. The religious elements give the movie a universal touch point, as it doesn’t limit itself to one set of beliefs. Michael King invites in demons, spirits, and evil forces from all across the spectrum, so that should hit some eerie notes for most viewers. The production values here are solid, while the performances are acceptable, but not all that memorable. Even so, the real star of the show here is the supernatural and since the movie packs a tense atmosphere, that is what counts. I also appreciated that the film ramped up at a quick pace, so it keeps your attention and ensures that there is ample horror in this horror movie. While The Possession of Michael King isn’t a genre classic, it stands as above average in the current crop of horror, so it earns a recommendation.

Video: How’s it look?

The Possession of Michael King is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. While the film leans on the “found footage” approach at times, the visuals never suffer in the least. The image is crystal clear and razor sharp, so you will know this is a high definition visual presentation. The detail level is remarkable, down to the most minute visual cues. The film has a dark spectrum, but detail is high regardless, thanks to spot on contrast. This is simply a fantastic looking visual effort on all fronts.

Audio: How’s it sound?

A Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack is included and it sounds great. As you might expect, the tense atmosphere of the movie is ripe with audio potential. I heard a lot of small, subtle audio elements, as well as the jump scare cues that we all know and love. The dialogue is clear and at a consistent volume, even the voices you might not want to hear. I was impressed by the music as well, as it suits the movie well and sounds terrific in this mix. This release also includes English and Spanish subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

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