Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Subtitles: French, Spanish
Dubbed: French, Spanish, English
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2014
Run Time: 87 minutes
Grace: The Possession has the laziness of a found-footage horror movie without any of the logic. Rather than being a film shot by the characters, we are instead given the sole perspective of a demon that has entered the body of our protagonist. This means we witness everything through the eyes of Grace (Alexia Fast), whose POV becomes the same as the typical hand-held camera shots of a found-footage horror movie. Then again, this also means the audience is not subjected to relentlessly asinine reasons for the character to be holding a camcorder for the running-time of the narrative.
Despite a somewhat unique way of utilizing an over-used filming technique, the plot and script is derivative enough to cancel out any originality the movie may have had. The story simply follows the virginal naivety of college freshman, Grace, whose strictly religious upbringing makes fitting in somewhat difficult. Her roommate is more of a collection of college student clichés than a real human being, making Grace feel even more insecure about her puritanical background.
In an effort to fit in, Grace begins to act like she thinks is expected of her in college. This mostly seems to be directed at an attractive college guy that she has her eyes on, but the demonic force inside of Grace just uses these moments to take control. When her behavior becomes too erratic, even for a group of drunken college students, it becomes clear that something is wrong with Grace. Returning home to her strict mother and the church only feeds this disturbance, leading to the inevitable POV exorcism sequence which this entire film feels built upon. This isn’t a horrible movie as much as it is ‘paint-by-numbers’ predictable filmmaking, most of which can be imagined without needing to sit through the 88-minute running-time.
Entertainment Value: 3.5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 3/10
Historical Significance: 2/10
Special Features: 0/10