The Possession of Michael King (2014) is an American found footage movie that was filmed in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Possession of Michael King is the first movie for David Jung to direct, produce and write. He had no prior experience in the movie industry and pulled off an incredible job with this movie. The movie contains suspense, thrills, twists, violence, comedy, frightening scenes, jump scares and is creepy. I love that the movie was fast paced and not slow - it kept me on my toes. The police found film footage and needs help putting it together so that they can investigate what happened. The police asked a local film school to make the footage into a viewable movie because the sequence of events were out of order and not marked.
Michael King (Shane Johnson - Behind Enemy Lines (2001), Black Cadillac (2003), Saving Private Ryan (1998)) is an atheist who is now a widower with a young daughter Ellie (Ella Anderson - The Giant Mechanical Man (2012), Last Man Standing (2011), Touchback (2011)). He blames his wife’s death on a psychic fortune teller because the psychic told his wife to be at a certain spot to get a job opportunity. He believes that if his wife had went on with her everyday routine and not listened to the physic then she would have been alive today. His wife was killed in a car accident, the car hit her. Michael vowed to prove that psychic readings along with spirits, ghost, demons and other paranormal entities (God) are not real by making a documentary. He wants the truth to be told to everyone so that no one else will listen to the physics and hopefully their lives will be saved. He tries to make sense of demons while trying to get rid of the demon that possess him.
Michael loses control of the demon that possesses his body and kills the family dog. His sister then takes his daughter Ellie away from him because she is afraid of Michael harming his daughter. The possessed Michael tears apart his home and thrashes it while the sane Michael tries to kill himself whenever he is not possessed. Everything is captured because Michael sets up cameras all throughout the home and also has cameras on his neck/ shirt collar. We get to see the movie from all angles due to the many cameras that provided the found footage. The movie does not explain much about what is going on, so this movie is not for those who do not have an open mind. I like that David Jung gave his audience enough to get attached to Michael and feel empathy for him.
I could do less with the loud noises that come along with the jump scares. It got tiresome of the excessive loud noise, and he over did it sometimes with other elements of the movie. The Possession of Michael King is the first movie in a long time that gave attention to a male actor from the very beginning of the movie. The director did a good job balancing the found footage part of the film with a normal film setting. Spoiler: He eventually beats up a guy who tried to help him conjure the demon. I would recommend this movie to everyone to see on a rainy dark day for fun and jump scares that will have the hairs on your body standing up.
Starring: Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana, Tobias Jelinek, Krystal Alvarez, Luke Baines, Cullen Douglas, Michael Ray Escamilla, RJ Farrington, Patricia Healy, Shirley Jordan, Michael Lesly, Julie McNiven, Anna Mountford, Erika C. Perez, Stewart Skelton, Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko
Director: David Jung
MPAA Rating: R
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