The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018)

Director: Diederik Van Rooijen

Writer: Brian Sieve (Screenplay)

Starring: Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson, Nick Thune, Louis Herthum, Stana Katic

Plot: When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses.

Tagline – The most frightening thing about an exorcism is what happens next.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Lost Horror

Story: The Possession of Hannah Grace starts when an exorcism on Hannah Grace (Johnson) goes horribly wrong forcing the death of Hannah, meanwhile newly hired former cop Megan Reed (Mitchell) takes a job in the graveyard shift of the city hospital after spending her time in rehab. The job seems easy enough for her, just processing the dead bodies in the morgue away from the distracts of life.

Megan starts having a strange set of experiences and when the body of Hannah arrives, the processing equipment doesn’t manage to work in the proper functional method.

Thoughts on The Possession of Hannah Grace

Characters – Megan Reed is a former cop that has been through rehab after struggling after her own experience in the field, cleaned up, she looks to get back into work on a graveyard shift at the morgue. Megan does start to have strange visits while on duty and becomes convinced strange things are going on, she is left to wonder whether she is having a bad experience from her drugs or is something supernatural going on. Andrew is the ex-boyfriend and fellow cop of Megan, he was left no choice, but to leave her, but will support her through her struggles. Hannah Grace is the young woman that went through the exorcism, she hasn’t remained dead though, searching for more victims in her afterlife. Randy is the friendly paramedic that offers support for Megan because of his own past.

PerformancesShay Mitchell does everything she can with her leading role without being terrible, just not getting much to do from it. Grey Damon doesn’t have much to do, neither does Nick Thune, though he does make the most of his limited time. Kirby Johnson does get extra praise for her ability to try and make her character creepy throughout.

StoryThe story here follows a cop fresh out of rehab that takes a graveyard shift in a morgue only to find her night become a nightmare when a corpse comes back to life to haunt them. The story is a true disappointment because we have one side of Megan’s story being that she might be falling off the wagon again, which would make everything going on great, only we get plenty of disposable characters that offer the corpse a chance to kill instead of building the tension of Megan losing her mind. This story does feel like a complete rip off The Autopsy of Jane Doe.

Horror/MysteryThe horror in this film comes from how the haunting figure is searching for the latest victim, only it never reaches the true level it could do. The mystery is meant to be around why the corpse isn’t remaining dead, only for it to end up feeling like it is the back burner.

SettingsThe film is set inside the city morgue, we do have the lights that only come on when you are in their sensors go off, though it does feel too large to get the most out of the environment.

Special EffectsThe effects are a mixed bag because the physical movement is great, but the CGI covers up too much in this film and it is weak.

Scene of the Movie – The first discovery.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We just doesn’t seem to get the smart enough decisions in writing here.

Final Thoughts This is a poor horror that just copies The Autopsy of Jane Doe, only to lose all the atmosphere in the film.

Overall: Disappointing throughout.


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