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  • Summary: Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn’t believe in God or The Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment - allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him - in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 21, 2014
    70
    The Possession of Michael King is more scary than original.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Staeger
    Aug 19, 2014
    60
    After a promising start, rote possession imagery eventually becomes the focus, culminating in a by-the-numbers ending.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Aug 20, 2014
    50
    The director-screenwriter does manage to invest the familiar proceedings with some quirky, original touches.
  4. 38
    As “found footage” horror movies go, The Possession of Michael King is more unpleasant than scary.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 24, 2014
    30
    That Jung and his collaborators haven’t found any new angles to explore in this endlessly overworked religio-horror claptrap would matter far less if they had a firmer grasp of form and technique.
  6. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Aug 24, 2014
    30
    Although this film doesn't miss the whole point of found footage as the recent "Into the Storm" did, Jung does little to help suspend our disbelief.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 21, 2014
    20
    Dim in wits and lighting, The Possession of Michael King strains our eyes, spits on our intelligence and saps our generosity of spirit. Relatively untaxed, however, is the part of the brain that processes new experiences: There’s scarcely a shot or an idea in this first feature from David Jung that we haven’t seen many times before.

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Sep 6, 2014
    7
    So I was looking to waste some time, while watching this. I didn't expect to end up invested in it. It was meant to be background noise to a game of 'Tetris' or 'Puzzle Quest'. However, to my absolute surprise, this movie turned out to be one of the best horror movies I've seen this year.
    This movie is both written and directed by one David Jung, who is known for absolutely nothing else. I can't seem to find some proper info on him, so I will consider 'The Possession of Michael King' to be his first official work. And he did a great job with it.
    The movie is shot in the "found footage" style, but more in the sense of 'Afflicted', than 'Paranormal Activity'. It retains the "mockumentary" feeling (to which I give bonus points), without being afraid to show that the man behind the camera is competent at more than walking around, zooming, focusing and turning on Night Mode.
    It is also very well written, offering a plot that is nicely intertwined within it's minor details. Also, a plot that ultimately escapes the haunting fatalism of the horror genre, which made the movie feel lighter, without sacrificing it's essence.
    The movie is also directed very nicely. Weather this is his first movie or not, David Jung did a great and professional job. Some scenes have great ideas and look very cool, the overall atmosphere is on spot, and - hallelujah! - the movie contains proper usage of filters and camera effects.
    The role of the titular Michael King was performed superbly by Shane Johnson, who I have never seen in anything before. To my surprise, he showed great acting promise and I do want to see him in another leading part. The rest of the cast weren't given much to work with, and remain unmemorable as far as this movie goes, but you probably can expect that from a movie with such a title.
    The gripes I have with this movie are, ultimately, minor: a few cheap scares (one that was very premature!) and some very ugly special effects, but I choose to ignore these, the movie more than makes up for them. I liked it a lot and it's one of the better horror movies of recent time. The fact that it has a nicely intertwined plot, that is portrayed in a proper way, via good directing, shooting and acting, should provide a very welcomed amount of entertainment to every horror appreciator, and is enough for me to give my recommendation.

    To sumerize:

    While retaining some of the genre's most iconic cliches, this movie "strays" in all the right ways. Also, the overall plot is professionally intertwined - something we don't often see in modern horror. 'The Possession of Michael King' is a great movie that shows a lot of promise for the future work of both David Jung and Shane Johnson. Not only that, it is indeed a very good pick for the upcoming holidays, especially if you are in the mood for something fresh.
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  2. Aug 22, 2014
    3
    The Possession of Michael King has some scary moments, and the premise is somehow different despite the tired "found footage" style. However, 10 minutes into the movie, the movie lost me. Expand