By: Hawk Ripjaw –
The Possession of Hannah Grace
I do a couple of things when I wake up in the morning. The first thing I do is rub my eyes and hate myself. The second thing is drink a big glass of water, because that’s really good for your body in the morning. And then I’ll hop onto Reddit for a couple of minutes to see how much more fucked up the world is since I went to bed before I scramble some eggs and get a pot of coffee going before work.
And lately, I’ve been checking to see if the review embargo on The Possession of Hannah Grace has been lifted. Because if there’s one thing that scares me more than a possessed corpse chasing me, it’s watching a really shitty movie about that same situation. I’m trying to think of the last time a review embargo on a movie ended with the movie actually being good, and I’m coming up short. There were some embargoes that ended a few days before the movie’s release, like Mad Max: Fury Road, but I can’t think of a single movie that was embargoed until the day of release that wasn’t bad. That’s concerning.
UPDATE: It is Thursday evening and the reviews are just starting to show up. It appears that they didn’t even screen it for the critics.
Honestly, the concept of Hannah Grace is pretty great. A cop recovering from addiction spends a night in a morgue with the corpse of a woman who was killed during an unsuccessful exorcism, but the demon apparently still animates the corpse and wants to claim this woman as its new host. That’s not bad, and setting the movie in a lonely morgue is ripe material for some good, slow-burn tension as long as the movie doesn’t rely too heavily on jump scares. Which studio put this out?
Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll get possessed and die before I have to review this.