The Exorcist premiered back in 1973, there have been an endless number of movies that have tried to tackle the topics of possession and exorcism. None of them have even come close to doing it as well as the William Friedkin classic does, but there have been some great ones along the way. There have also been plenty of half-assed, bad ones too.
Good or bad though, most possession movies tend to play out the same: and innocent is possessed or otherwise influenced by some nefarious Demon, they act all creepy (crawling on walls, bending over backwards), and then they're somehow saved by an exorcism. Or maybe they're not saved, but there's usually some sort of exorcism in there somewhere. There are of course variations on the theme, but for the most part, they play out in the same way, which makes them feel fairly routine.
With all of that considered, Ava's Possessions at least offers a really fresh twist on the usual possession flick by showing the aftermath of a Demonic ordeal, rather than the incident itself. It doesn't really pack all that much of a punch, Horror-wise, but hey, neither do most of the ones that are straight-up Horror either.
|POOR AVA. DEMON WITHDRAWAL IS ROUGH.|
|"CHAPTER ONE: YOUR SOUL BELONGS TO HIM NOW."|
|"STEP 13 IS WHERE I EAT YOUR SOUL."|
The story takes place in a world where possession is a "real" thing that is a normal part of society, and yet the movie never really takes advantage of that, opting to focus more on wordy drama than it does tension and horrific events. The possession aspect of things could have been used to energize the movie, but instead sits there like a quiet plot device that never really gets its chance to guide the story.
I guess this movie is supposed to be a big metaphor for drug addiction, and even moreso, recovery, but it honestly felt more like an episode of Girls (HBO) to us. We kept wanting it to be scary, even a little bit, but early on it was obvious that the filmmakers chose to take the story down a darkly humorous path, rather than any sort of scary one.
|NO LENA DUNHAM IN THIS ONE THOUGH, THANKFULLY.|
Overall, this is a movie that we would have loved a lot more if it had focused more on the horrors of possession, but one that was still good enough to be enjoyable, despite what we thought it was lacking.
|DON'T GIVE US THAT LOOK. IT WAS A BIT LACKING!|
|THIS IS ABOUT AS RACY AS THINGS GET.|
Ava's Possessions is available now on DVD and VOD.