The Possession of Michael King
The Possession of Michael King (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Justin Chang
Variety

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"The Possession of Michael King" is more scary than original.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

Potentially intriguing questions about faith and organized religion are quickly jettisoned in favor of cheap scare tactics and formulaic gore.

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Martin Tsai
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club

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.

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Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Dim in wits and lighting, "The Possession of Michael King" strains our eyes, spits on our intelligence and saps our generosity of spirit.

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Rob Staeger
Village Voice

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.

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Brian Tallerico
RogerEbert.com

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.

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