Friday, 15 March 2019

Horror Review: The Possession Of Hannah Grace (2019)


When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses.

Its air to say that Supernatural films are still going strong and it's look it's going to stay that way in 2019.


I must state that this film has a great opening scene, in my personal opinion it's one of the best in recent memory. I was seriously impressed and it set up the films story very well, it definitely grabs hold of the viewers attention and makes sure your full focus is on the film. It's a job well done.

Luckily that beginning isn't put to waste and the story that follows is one that is both a gripping story and eerie atmosphere, you can tell what the cast and crew were going for and they work hard to deliver and it shows. I mean that in a good way, that hard work certainly pays off for both filmmaker and audience.


As I said the film has an eerie atmosphere, that atmosphere never stops and it keeps you on edge as it just never lets up. You're always wondering what's coming next and it plays well with that notion, it know's how to play with it's audience. Kudos to them for achieving that, it's amazing how many films don't do this.

The film does have a couple of flaws though, a few dodgy CGI moments especially but try not to let that deter you from what is a great solid performance from the cast and with an intriguing story to boot. It hits all the right marks as to what you'd expect from this type of film, which isn't a bad thing.


"The Possession Of Hannah Grace" has a familiarity to it, "The Autopsy Of Jane Doe" springs to mind which I'm sure you'll agree isn't a bad film to be compared to. Enjoy the film for what it is and be sure to switch off the lights.


If you want to see "The Possession Of Hannah Grace" trailer then just click on the video below:


Miscellaneous facts about the film:

The first Sony Pictures film to be shot on a full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony said that the film was primarily shot on its own A7S II, a consumer camera that costs a mere $2,000.

In the original script, the morgue was much smaller. Director Diederik Van Rooijen rewrote it to be much bigger, emptier and scarier, and also added the automatic lights.

Shay Mitchell is the fourth lead actress of "Pretty Little Liars" to have played a leading role in a horror movie, after Ashley Benson in "Ratter," Troian Bellisario in "Martyrs" and Lucy Hale in "Truth or Dare."

Director Diederik Van Rooijen caught the attention of Hollywood with his low-budget thriller Taped (2012). He moved from the Netherlands to the USA with his family in 2014 to direct a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). However, the studio couldn't decide between a classical remake or a modern take on the material, so the project got stuck in development hell. In the meanwhile, van Rooijen got involved with The Possession of Hannah Grace, and decided to make it his American debut.

Was filmed in November 2016 but not released until the end of 2018. The long post production period was due to a change in management, and the new head of studio wanted some changes in the end result. Fortunately, director Diederik Van Rooijen had shot enough material to accommodate these changes.

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