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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Grace: The Possession DVD Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
Grace: The Possession is a story told like never before - through the eyes of the possessed. Grace (Alexia Fast) is a beautiful, naive, virginal college freshman trying to deal with campus culture and her outgoing new roommate. But when a terror takes over her body and unleashes chaos, Grace returns to the cold clutches of her severe grandmother (Lin Shaye) and the strict rules of the Church. Haunted by the horrific death of her mother and her deeply ingrained destructive urges, Grace must stop the demon inside before it’s too late.

Film (3 out of 5 stars)
Grace, a shy girl from a small town, who has lived with her church going grandmother her whole life, arrives on her new college campus.  She meets her new roommate, Jessica, and tags along with her to a couple campus events.  She’s not feeling like herself, and starts having nightmares and seeing things.  When she collapses at a party, her grandmother picks her up and pulls her from school telling her she’s not returning.

Once back at home, Grace gets worse, being dragged to church by her grandmother, seeing things, hearing things from her deceased mother’s bedroom.  She mentions it to her grandmother, who tells her it’s nothing the church can’t handle.  Grace continues getting worse until on evening; she enters her mother’s room and finds a box in the closet.  Going through the box, she finds a photograph of her mother and another person who is torn out of the picture.  Grace joins the church’s youth group and attacks a girl who insults her and her mother.  

As Grace runs out, she see a familiar photograph on the wall… it is her mother, and the man in the photo is one of the priests.  Grace decides to get revenge on the priest and returns home to first confront her grandmother. After dealing with her grandmother, she goes back to the church where she tries to seduce the deacon.  The priest knocks her out and when she awakes, she’s tied to a table with the priest, the deacon and the Bishop standing over her.  They perform an exorcism on Grace, saying she is possessed, but when things go wrong, the young deacon takes it upon himself to save Grace.

I enjoyed watching this film.  It’s shot from the point of view of Grace and the only times you really see her is when she looks in a mirror.  It was an interesting concept and I really liked it.  The actors were good in their roles, Lin Shaye was perfect as the bible-thumping grandmother, and Alexia Fast was a perfect Grace – innocent and na├»ve. 
Video (3 out of 5 stars)
The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation of Grace: The Possession was good.  It was a little dark and in some instances difficult to see what was going on in the picture.  The college campus scenes were good, colors were accurate and bright. 
Audio (3 out of 5 stars)
Grace: The Possession is available in English, French and Spanish with subtitles in English, English SDH, French and Spanish.  The sound was good and I could hear most everything, though Grace’s soft spoken nature could be a little hard to hear.  The creepiness of the film definitely came through in the audio.
Extras (0 out of 5 stars)
There are no special features included on the DVD.
Summary (2 out of 5 stars)
Grace: The Possession is a creepy Carrie-like movie, complete with a bible-thumping parental figure.  I liked watching this film.  It’s a solid three stars, but loses a star for the lack of special features.  I enjoyed the point of view filming and thought it made the film even creepier.  This film has found a home with my DVDs and will be viewed again.  

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