The Possession of Hannah Grace
A shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a young woman. Months later, morgue worker, Megan Reed (played by Shay Mitchell) is working the graveyard shift in the morgue when she takes delivery of a disfigured cadaver. Locked alone inside the basement corridors, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions and starts to suspect that the body may be possessed by a ruthless demonic force.
I rarely bother to watch any movie having the words ‘possession’ or ‘exorcism’ in the title because that whole concept is absolutely nothing new to me and has been done countless times already. However, “The Possession of Hannah Grace” claimed not to focus on the climax of an exorcism itself, but rather to start with one. And not only that…but on a cadaver as well! Never heard of that before!
The Possession of Hannah Grace opens showing Hannah (Kirby Johnson) tied to a bed as two priests attempt an exorcism. As they fail, the Demon begins to rage and levitates both of the priests, killing one of them. Hannah’s father, Grainger (Louis Herthum) runs over to his daughter and smothers her to save the life of the other priest. The film then centers on an ex-cop who recently lost her partner in a tragic incident in which he was killed. Completely broken and blaming herself, she becomes deeply depressed and ends up not only losing her job but becomes addicted to drugs and alcohol. Eventually, she seems to be pulling herself back together and is now looking for a new job.
As part of Megan’s recovery, her AA sponsor helps her secure a new job. Finally scoring one where she ends up taking on a one-person only night shift position at the city hospital morgue in Boston. There she is required to process the cadavers that get brought in during the night, having to take their photos and their fingerprints before putting them in the chamber to await cremation. Megan desperately wants to prove to everyone that she has the strength to deal with this type of situation but quickly realizes too late that she just might have taken on the wrong job.
On her very first night, Megan seems to be enjoying her solitude when the cadaver of Hannah Grace is wheeled into the morgue. The body appears to have been badly burned and beaten with many severely deep cuts and gashes. The girl was reportedly killed during a botched exorcism and was found with someone trying to cut her dead body into pieces. As soon as her body arrives, that’s when strange and bizarre occurrences begin. Lights start to flicker and explode, doors opening and closing without anyone being there, and a mysterious hooded figure trying to gain access into the morgue. As Megan processes the corpse, she realizes that the camera is not photographing the corpse, nor is she able to get a scan of the fingerprints, and hundreds of flies looks to be leaving the corpse.
Although the film is a little predictable it’s also really easy to follow and understand what’s going on. Well, except for the ending, but even that leaves a few options. My favorite part of this whole movie was watching the corpse of Hannah. She has absolutely the creepiest and most horrific facial expressions that left my blood feeling absolutely frozen. With the overall looks of the badly beaten body, and the terrorizing way it moves is enough to send you running from the theater. What’s interesting is the fact that I later learned that the actress that played Hannah was actually an extreme dancer, gymnast, and contortionist in real life. So that’s how she made all those freaky ass moves!
Overall I kinda dug this one, it wasn’t your average run of the mill possession/exorcism type movie. The special effects were fantastic, the characters, even the few that were shown, had all played their parts to perfection. There’s also plenty of jump-scares for those that get off on that type of scare, and the entire atmosphere was dim and gloomy. The movie’s actually very creepy and disturbing, and coming in just under 90 minutes it’s not going to make you suffer too long in case you’re not enjoying it. I’d recommend this flick to others, but I know there’s going to be many that it won’t appeal to at all. And that’s okay too!
Title: The Possession of Hannah Grace
Release Date: November 30, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Studio: Sony Pictures
Starring: Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson
MPAA Rated: R
Directors: Diederik Van Rooijen
Reviewed by: Doctor Butcher
Our Rating: 3.4 /5
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