The Possession of Hannah Grace


Directed By: Diederik Van Rooijen
Starring: Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson, Nick Thune, Louis Herthum, Stana Katic, Maximillian McNamara, Jacob Ming-Trent, et. al.
Rating: R
Grade: C+

Fresh out of rehab, former police officer Megan Reed takes a job as a night-shift intake clerk for the local morgue. When she receives the disfigured corpse of a young woman named Hannah Grace, Megan begins to see and experience strange things like equipment failure and items moving on their own. Sure that she’s just imagining things in the cold, quiet, labyrinth-like facility, Megan ignores her unease and attempts to continue to do her job as best she can. When a strange man breaks into the facility and attempts to destroy the corpse, Megan is forced to subdue him, but not before he claims that Hannah Grace is possessed. Deeply unsettled, Megan does her best to continue her job, but soon, people go missing and are found dead, and Megan notices impossible changes to Hannah’s corpse. Soon fighting against time, Megan soon realizes that she needs to make sure Hannah Grace stays dead.

While incredibly creepy on first watch, there are very few true scares in this movie, which seems to mostly rely on jump-scare tactics to get a reaction, instead of letting the viewer contend with their growing unease. The plot itself is somewhat original, giving us what would ordinarily be a layperson’s point of view in a possession movie, rather than the priest fighting to save an innocent soul, though they never do explain why Megan isn’t killed by the demon possessing Hannah. Shay Mitchell manages to hold her own for the most part. It’s her first major role post-Pretty Little Liars, and it’s also her first time anchoring a project on her own. She comes off as a bit young for the role, but it also manages to work in her favor a bit.

The special effects are pretty good, and the background filler goes unnoticed.

Anyone who likes slightly watered down horror movies should enjoy this. The plot’s not terrible, and neither is the acting. One of its saving graces is that it could possibly turn into a movie incredibly repeatable for background noise, or when you just want to watch something slightly cheesy.

The Possession of Hannah Grace is currently only available free to stream if you have Starz, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.

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