The Possession of Michael King
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The Possession of Michael King
Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn't believe in God or The Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment - allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him - in the hopes that when they fail, he'll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"Nowhere near as rigorous as the "Paranormal Activity" movies it superficially resembles, writer-director David Jung's increasingly unpleasant, rarely frightening debut feature won't possess screens for long."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
""The Possession of Michael King" is more scary than original."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"When a premise is juicy enough and the accompanying script is good enough, it can go a long way in smoothing over certain irksome deficiencies. For that matter, so can a host of legitimately earned scares."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Conventional horror that doesn't scare or provoke thought about the afterlife. It's a brick of clichés, repellent characterization, and bad acting."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Here comes another in a long line of generic "found footage" films that only halfheartedly embraces the "found" documentary format popularized by the breakthrough 1999 horror tale The Blair Witch Project."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"Why would a possessed Michael continue to operate the camera or even turn on night vision? You simply can't capitalize on a filmmaking fad by shortchanging the audience."
‑ Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
"After an efficient start, The Possession Of Michael King drags, weighing itself down with genre conventions the filmmakers don't seem to understand or care about."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, AV Club
"Jung's film goes through all the machinations of a found footage possession film with about as much creative spark as an apathetic teen checking off a list in a film class that he hates."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"The Possession of Michael King is nothing new, but it gets the job done."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"A "skeptic is converted" story hampered by the limitations of the found footage format."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Dim in wits and lighting, "The Possession of Michael King" strains our eyes, spits on our intelligence and saps our generosity of spirit."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"It's a testament to director David Jung's smart script and Shane Johnson's performance that Michael King's decisions seem largely free of horror-movie logic - the stubborn refusal to acknowledge danger, an insistence on going it alone."
‑ Rob Staeger, Village Voice
"While David Jung's debut film ticks all of the right genre boxes and works well technically it suffers from simply lacking originality and being another in a rather long list of found footage chillers."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"...if The Possession Of Michael King had embraced its movie-ness, it might've said something powerful about what it's like to be Michael King."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"The Possession Of Michael King is a surprisingly enjoyable "Possession Movies With People's Names In The Title" genre entry that has me super excited to see what writer/director David Jung will do next."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
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