Directed by Jordan Galland
Ava is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she must attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group to figure out what happened. Ava's life was hijacked by a demon, now it's time to get it back.
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★★★½ review by Daniel Rodriguez on Letterboxd
What a surprise! I had little to no expectations for Ava's Possessions and it turned out to be an incredibly fun and stylish horror comedy about possession. I'm a sucker for neon lighting and synth scores, so this was straight up my alley. The plot revolves around Ava, a girl who has to deal with the aftermath of being possessed. The ending is the weakest part of it though, quite confusing and one of the least interesting ways it could have followed. It's a strong candidate for 2016's top horror list, nonetheless.
★★★★★ review by there is no howie only zuul on Letterboxd
it's lit!!!! cinematography on point. lighting CHECK! dutch angles WHATS UP?! fashion department KILL ME!! acting SORT OF!!! this movie was cute and edgy and super inspiring, it was unlike any film ive ever seen in a while and i highly recommend it for a bit of silly horror that isnt really scary. super good. watch it.
★★★½ review by Jack_Dracula on Letterboxd
Ava's Possessions is a really great example of a meta horror concept done in a completely grounded manner. Do you ever wonder what possessed girls in movies do after their exorcisms? If so, then this is a movie for you. Production values are pretty mid range, but it doesn't keep this from being a must watch for horror fans, especially if you are into possession movies. I personally have gotten pretty jaded with the possession sub-genre, but this movie does not adhere to any of the cliches that ruin these films. Three and a half demon summoning necklaces out of five.
★★★★½ review by linny nowlin on Letterboxd
can you say "inspired" ? because that's what i am after watching this movie.
★★★★ review by TheGiantClaw on Letterboxd
I've been getting into cooking lately. Don't worry, this'll segue into my review for Ava's Possessions. So what I love about cooking is the variety. I like the unorthodox ideas some people have come up with and how the mixture of different flavors collides so well with your taste buds.Like this.What I'm saying is, like food, Ava's possession is a great blend of comedy and horror that not only tries to do its own thing, but also pays homage to the films and filmmakers that inspired newcomer Jordan Galland.
In the 2010's the main themes in horror that sell the most tickets are: 1. Found Footage, 2. Haunted House and 3. Possession/Exorcism. That last one I see crop up A LOT on Netflix. So much so that it's become a joke. But one little low budget horror/comedy that Netflix was proud to advertise caught my eye. A girl once possessed now has to pay for her crimes by going to the demonic possession version of Alcoholics Anonymous. I'm in.
If there's one thing I like about overused horror tropes, it's that once in a blue moon a movie comes along that takes those tired tropes and give them a unique spin. With Slashers you have Scream, with found footage you have Chronicle and with demonic possession movies you have Ava's Possessions.
I may be hyping this movie up too much but I'm just so happy that this movie actually exceeded my expectations. Like you know when you take a chance on a movie that isn't getting great reviews and you just pray to God you haven't made a terrible mistake and later have to rethink your life choices? No, just me? Well then let me just say that when I find a gem on Netflix I get excited. It gives me hope that the forbidden zone of Netflix still has some gems lurking inside of it.
But back to the movie. What I liked so much about Ava's Possessions is the style. Director Jordan Galland intended on paying tribute to demonic possession films, but framed a different way. And there are subtle nods to famous horror filmmakers that, while I haven't seen Galland mention them, feel like unintentional homages. There's the colorful lighting that fills the set, which Galland said was inspired by Trainspotting, but which I attribute more to the stylistic films of Dario Argento. There's also the haunting 80's synth soundtrack (composed by John Lennon's son, Sean), which is a clear nod to early John Carpenter works.
Also the feel of the movie seems more genuine than Netflix's newest addition they seem so proud to advertise, Zoombies, a movie about zombie baboons. The movie is shot well, the actors are believable, the make-up effects are fantastic and the script is a mix of both witty and horrifying.
I think that what makes this movie work as a comedy also works as a metaphor for life as an addict. Demonic possession isn't a big thing in this movie's universe like it is in so many demonic possession movies. It is treated more like alcoholism. When Ava is exorcised and returns back to a normal life she tries to pick up the pieces and her family discusses it like it is something akin to alcohol addiction. And this idea to use demonic possession as a comedic metaphor for alcohol addiction is both funny and clever. It's one of those kinds of jokes that goes deeper than just a simple gag.
If you get the chance give this gem a shot. one of the most well made obscure Netflix finds I've seen in a while.
So what's your favorite horror movie that deviates from the standard tropes of their sub-genre?
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