Written By: FZ
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Diederik Van Rooijen
Screenwriter: Brian Sieve
Producer: Broken Road Productions, Screen Gems
Date Released: November 30, 2018
Kirby Johnson as Hannah Grace
Shay Mitchell as Megan Reed
Stana Katic as Lisa Roberts
Grey Damon as Andrew Kurtz
Nick Thune as Randy
Jacob Ming-Trent as Ernie Gainor
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
An exorcism claims the life of an innocent girl, Hannah Grace (Kirby Johnson) when Hannah becomes possessed and kills the pastor causing another person to kill her as a result. Months later, a cop, Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) who just came out of rehab takes on the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue. One night, Megan received a disfigured corpse which showed signs of sudden twitches and movements. Soon, Megan realizes that the dead body she received was possessed by an evil entity, one that is too similar to that of Hannah Grace.
The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) consisted of severe scenes of violence and gore. Hannah Grace is quite a terrifying presence; she crawls, contorts and scales walls. Her movements are spider-like and frightening. There is an exorcism sequence where a young woman is contorted, and you hear her bones cracking from being possessed by the demon. Later, a woman is shown levitating while her bones everywhere break from Hannah Grace’s force and she dies. Hannah Grace also cripples around the morgue and there are several effective scares. The film has a rather large body count for this sub-genre; those bothered by disturbing deaths may be unsettled.
The Grave Review
The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) is a very dark movie, after all, it’s all about exorcism that went horribly wrong resulting in further disturbance months later at a morgue.
The movies’ atmosphere was well made up, mostly taking place in the middle of the night at a hospital, an environment that radiates doom and gloom. Inside and outside the hospital everything else is dark too: the lobby, the hallways, the women’s bathroom and especially the morgue. Surely, this was an aesthetic choice—an attempt to create an unsettling mood. This had an excellent set and location; a huge, creepy morgue with automatic lights that weren’t sensitive enough and automatically locking doors.
Hannah Grace crawls in a crablike way, her mangled and bony body making a crack-crack-crack noise with every movement. The sound design is indeed creepy the first time around with all these auditory tricks. Sometimes, she walks upright. Sometimes, she leaps forward or skitters up a wall. She can interfere with cell phone signals and power lines and move entire ambulances with just a slight shove but wastes her time hanging around the hospital—and waits to inflict her wrath on Megan until the end. This was never explained why.
The acting was good all around. Everyone, from the main character to the boyfriend cop to the goofy security guard, all did their jobs in a normal and realistic way. In addition, the actors and actresses reacted to the crazy situation in a realistic way.
With respect to the camera work, the quality, as well as the angles used, were well done. Since there are a number of scenes incorporating dark environments, it is difficult to add and special effects into these scenes. However, there are not many surprises in the film as much of the storyline is linear. What sells the film are the locations used as well as the acting. Overall, The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) was very entertaining, but what excelled in the environment, lacked in the plot.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) 3 graves out of 5 graves.
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