“Are you still smoking marijuana? I mean, it’s a gateway drug, okay?”
Story: Ava was possessed for a month. Now she’s free, but life isn’t back to normal. At least there’s therapy. And a bloodstain under the rug. Let the healing begin!
Scares: A few, but this is more indie than Insidious.
Splat factor: Ditto-ish.
Closing scene “shocker”?: No, but that last scene is V cool, and there’s hints of an interesting back story.
Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Altogether original.
Trick or Treat?: So, ever wondered what happens to the possessed after they’re “cured”, and the holy water parade leaves town? When things clear up, you’re stuck cleaning your pad. Your friends ask “is it safe” when you call to hang out. You worry if you’ve still got a job after all that “time off”. There’s blood stains on the floor you can’t explain. People dis-invite you from parties because of your behavior…er, your demon’s behavior. Gotta hate that.
Great themes here; possession-as-addiction. You can only be helped if you want to be helped. Addiction therapy that’s only focused on one thing can be misguided at best. And it’s all done with a blend of dry humor and seriousness that fits the story perfectly. So does actress Louisa Krause, who does an amazing job as Ava.
The cool makeup FX for the demons and the possessed are like Goldilocks’s porridge; not too overblown, not too vague, just right. And gotta dig the groovy retro-indie soundtrack. If this is how Sean Lennon does movie soundtracks, I wish he’d do more. Plus, hello – Carol Kane appearance! I was also happy to see William Sadler (The Pacific), Alysia Reiner (OITNB) and Jemima Kirke (Girls) in the cast.
In fairness, there were times early on when I wondered if the plot was willfully obtuse. It is…but the wait is worth it when cards get revealed. I’d love a sequel, because there’s more to this story that I’d like to see. Til then? With winks at possession tales that have come before, and a feeling of day-to-day reality that breathes new life into the genre, Ava’s Possessions is re-watch worthy.
Check this one out. You’re welcome.
Score: out of 5 pumpkins.