Possession Of Michael King, The

Featured In Issue 191, November 2014

WSR Score2.5
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"The Possession Of Michael King" tells the story of documentary filmmaker Michael King (Johnson), who doesn't believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making 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 a myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go. (Gary Reber)

There are no special features, except an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa camera system. The picture jumps from home video footage, to handheld, to fixed-position imagery. Color resolution varies throughout, with fleshones hued inconsistently. Contrast balance also varies inconsistently. Some scenes exhibit a noisy, greenish tint. Overall, this is a low-budget gimmicky picture that is undistinguished in quality. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is mostly monaural focused with the emphasis on dialogue. Dialogue sounds natural and decently integrated spatially. Surround activity is at times aggressive and directionalized, with sudden bursts of sound-effect loudness, which is intended to scare. The music score is electronic and also provides surround immersion. Deep bass enhances the sound effects effectively. Overall, this is a gimmicky soundtrack with moments of sonic intensity that energizes the soundfield. (Gary Reber)