The Possession (2012)

The Possession ( Bornedal 2012)

Another film in our possession and haunting mini-series. This film stands out for being a Judaism-based demonology rather than being Catholic Christian. Laura emphasizes the importance of the hegemony of nuclear family narratives in horror films. Marshall blows his own mind as 36 years later he finally realizes Ghostbusters (Reitman 1984) is the secular version of exorcism and haunting films. And together we make the argument that the late aughts and early teens surge of haunting possession movies that are resolved by traditional family values are a product of irrational fears about Obama. There is lots more, please listen, review, subscribe, and tell your people!


The Possession (Bornedal 2012) – please watch the film before listening!
The Conjuring (Wan 2013) – part one in our mini-series
The Lodge (Fiala and Franz 2019)
Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (Sholder 1985)
Fallen (Hoblit 1998)
Pet Sematary (Lambert 1989)

TOPIC INDEX – (Wan 2013) (times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
4:30 – Discussion begins
6:15 – comparisons to The Conjuring (Wan 2013)
18:15 – ecofeminism and house geography
24:30 – source of the possession or demon or gateway to hell, etc,
26:45 – possession paralleling divorce and family dissolution
37:00 – what about blaming the kids?
45:00 – nuclear family in the horror genre
47:30 – medical systems
51:00 – gender and rationality
56:00 – religion v science
1:00:00 – the soul
1:06:40 – our collective nightmares
1:11:00 – a Jewish exorcism film
1:15:45 – the presumptuousness of human spirits
1:19:15 – SPOILERS for Fallen (Hoblit 1998)
1:22:00 – teeth
1:25:00 – dybbuks, ibburs, and yokai, oh my!
1:31:00 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility

Related Episodes
The Conjuring (Wan 2013) – part one of our haunting and possession mini-series
Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (Sholder 1994)
The Lodge (Fiala and Franz 2019)


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Episode 81

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