The Possession of Hannah Grace is a dull and uneventful horror movie

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The Possession of Hannah Grace is a dull and uneventful horror movie

Brendan Sheardy, Staff Writer

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     The Possession of Hannah Grace stars Shay Mitchell as an ex-cop who encounters a possessed corpse during her first week working at a morgue. This film is directed by Diederik Van Rooijen and is written by Brian Sieve.

     Each year, audiences sit through a numerous amount of poor quality horror films, and each seemingly gets worse and worse as the year progresses; The Possession of Hannah Grace joins that pile. This is, once again, a poorly constructed horror movie that’s sole purpose of existing is to make a large profit off a small budget.

     What makes this film stand apart from the rest, however, is how uneventful it is. Almost every scene in the entire movie is just our lead character walking through dark hallways. The entire first half of the film is severely lacking in scares, suspense, and character development. The possessed body doesn’t even show up for a good 30 minutes, and it never starts moving or doing “creepy things” for another 20 minutes. When events do start happening, they’re so few and far between, that 90% of the runtime ends up being build-up.

     Writer Brian Sieve completely misses the purpose of a mystery. It’s supposed to build up the story slowly, and reveal more details as the lead starts to uncover the mystery, but the story still moves forward. In Hannah Grace, however, the characters, story, and location all remain static for the entire runtime. This way of telling the story makes it incredibly slow paced and simply boring for the audience.

     There isn’t a single interesting character in this film, either. The lead character, Megan, is given a backstory, but it’s only purpose was to be a plot device and to give an excuse on why she has such great detective skills. It’s never actually used to progress her character. All of the supporting characters are just plot devices and one-dimensional characters for the demon to kill. None of these characters are used to move the plot along, either; they’re just there so the film has a body count.

     There are a few conversations between the lead and two other supporting characters that hint to her having psychological issues and a drug addiction, and they were added to make the lead character feel like she was imagining this whole scenario. However, these scenes are out of place because it happens after the audience already knows that was is happening is, in fact, real.

     It’s easy to tell that the filmmakers just made things up as they went along, because the physics in this film are uneven. In moments of the film, the demon will have telekinetic powers, but in moments where that ability would be useful, it suddenly cannot perform them anymore. It also gains the ability to teleport from room to room, which is already impossible because the demon is inhabiting a physical body, but in other scenes it loses the ability. This becomes infuriating for anyone who cares about continuity and consistency.

     The acting isn’t very good either, but I’m not going to blame the actual actors, because it’s obvious that they’re trying. The director and producers clearly didn’t care about the success of this film, so the actors didn’t really have much to work with.

     This is a personal nit-pick, but every shot in this film seems to be one less F-stop than it should be. F-stops are a function on camera lenses that control how much light is allowed into the shot, and the filmmakers dropped a few F-stops just to make this movie look darker, and it was too dark.

     Overall, The Possession of Hannah Grace is one of the worst movies of 2018. It’s an 85-minute film that feels like a 120 minute film; it has no suspense, boring characters, and inconsistent physics. I wouldn’t say it’s worse than other 2018 horror films, such as The Open House and The First Purge, but it’s still a terrible display of horror filmmaking. Avoid this one.

     Rating: 0/10

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