A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Not much other than a character struggling against impossible, demonic odds.
Positive Role Models
Main character is a recovering addict who's working hard to live her life. She struggles and slips a bit, but learns to be honest. She physically defends herself against both a human and a demon.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic gore. Several characters killed in gruesome ways. A character impaled through the forehead, with bloody splatter. Images of cadavers covered with open wounds, burns, etc. A character uses a pillow to smother someone who's possessed. Sounds of bones snapping. Throat-slicing. One character threatens another with a knife. Fighting, struggling. Scary stuff, jump scares, screaming, shrieking, etc. Bloody cuts. Guns and shooting, with characters shot. Gorily descriptive dialogue.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A young demon-possessed woman is naked throughout; no sensitive body parts are ever shown. Female character takes a shower; nothing graphic shown.
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Sporadic strong language includes uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "pr--k," and "goddamn." A possible use of "f--k," but it's muffled.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character is a recovering addict; a scene takes place at an AA meeting. Bottle of prescription pills (Xanax) shown; pills held in hand but not swallowed. Dialogue about wanting "drink and pills." Minor characters smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Possession of Hannah Grace is a demon-possession horror movie with graphic gore and horror violence, as well as jump scares, screams, and other frightening moments. Characters are killed (throat-slicing, impaling, getting shot, etc.), with blood splatters shown. Corpses are covered with gory wounds, bruises, and burns. Guns are seen, and there's descriptive violent dialogue. Language isn't frequent but includes uses of "s--t," "a--hole," and "goddamn." The main character is a recovering addict; she attends an AA meeting and carries a bottle of Xanax (she thinks about swallowing the pills, but doesn't). Minor characters smoke. The young woman who's possessed is more or less naked throughout, but no sensitive body parts are ever shown; same for when the main character takes a shower. While the movie has a fresh idea and some nicely moody moments, most of the scares are old hat, and it's filmed in a lurching way that makes you wish the filmmakers had tried a bit harder. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This demon-possession horror movie has enough good moments that it's a shame the filmmakers didn't try harder; for every effectively moody scene, there's another that's lazy, twitchy, or shopworn. The morgue setting of The Possession of Hannah Grace, with its motion-sensor lights that keep flickering off and on, is great, and it's mostly used well (though not as well as in another morgue-set horror movie, The Autopsy of Jane Doe). The creepy factor is high, and whenever something is just about to happen, director Diederik Van Rooijen and screenwriter Brian Sieve have things under control. But when they actually happen, the camera spasms, and the editing lurches, as if attempting to cover up the fact that we've seen all this scary stuff before, from jump scares to things suddenly whisking by.
That said, the cast is well-chosen and appealing, especially Johnson as the titular possession victim, though it's regrettable that she couldn't have been used better or more practically. In real life, she's a dancer and a contortionist, and while it appears that, here, she's doing some of her own unusual moves, Hannah mostly comes across as an uninspired digital special effect, with added clicking "skitter" sounds -- borrowed from many other horror movies -- for extra creepiness. Overall, The Possession of Hannah Grace isn't truly terrible, but it could have been more muscular if it only had a bit more "exorcise."
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