Official Description: Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a Dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
Unofficial Description: Love Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Ever since his run as John Winchester on the early seasons of Supernatural, something about him has resonated with me. Saying that, his portrayal of a father whose daughter starts going through ‘changes’ following his divorce from her mother, is decent, but not ground breaking. This movie plays with the genre tropes well, but there isn’t much that I couldn’t predict. Normally, such films harvest the Catholic cannon, but this one does take us down a different road, looking at it through a Hebrew lens, which is a little different and slightly more interesting.
Really, it comes down to being a ‘creepy little kid’ flick, of which there are many. I think the draw is Morgan, and to a lesser extent, Kyra Sedgewick. I say ‘lesser’ not to belittle her performance – which is good – but rather because she doesn’t get a lot of screen time – which is bad. The whole flick is seen through the eyes of the father, played by Morgan, and the daughter Em, played by Natasha Calis – who does a great job, too. But a little more Sedgewick might’ve gone a long way to making this a better flick overall.
I didn’t find it particularly ‘scary’. This one has been in my Netflix queue for a little while, and I decided to give it a go. I suggest you do the same (not pay extra for it) if you’re into this particular genre.