DVD Review: THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE

THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE was directed by Diederik Van Rooijen from a screenplay by Brian Sieve and stars Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson, Louis Herthum and Stana Katic

Shay Mitchell stars as a cop just out of rehab, who takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue where she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses. A shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a young woman. Months later, morgue worker Megan Reed takes delivery of a disfigured cadaver during the graveyard shift. Locked inside the basement corridors, Megan’s horrifying visions soon lead her to believe that the body is possessed by a demonic force.

The opening scene of The Possession of Hannah Grace shows a couple of priests performing an exorcism on a woman. The movie follows Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell), a young woman with a troubled past who starts her new job at a morgue, and when the body of Hannah Greace (Kirby Johnson) arrives, Megan’s job quickly turns into a supernatural nightmare. Megan is not only having to deal with this mysterious new arrival but there’s a strange man prowling around and her ex-boyfriend Andrew (Grey Damon) shows up to check on things.

What happens is, several of Megan’s co-workers start disappearing around her and she’s hearing and seeing things she can’t explain but every time she checks on the cadaver it’s just laying there on the slab. Has Megan’s troubled past caught up with her or is there really something supernatural going down in the morgue? Megan finds out first hand when her new night shift gig becomes a terrifying fight for survival that she’ll never forget.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc is chrome and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Possession of Hannah Grace was an okay watch but at the end of it all it’s just another “possession of” supernatural thriller with a touch of The Autopsy of Jane Doe which was a much better watch. The story is the weakest part of the movie because it had some plots holes in it. For one, I didn’t understand why the demon was killing all these people and it let Megan live. Maybe it was saving her for dessert? Who knows! I also found Shay Mitchell’s character completely unlikable which hurt the watch a lot but oddly enough I found myself drawn to the creepy cool look and performance by Kirby Johnson who kind of stole the show and she didn’t really have to say a word. Kirby nailed it as this possessed girl! There’s also some impressive makeup effects that help with the eerie look of this character as well as a little blood and gore. Diederik Van Rooijen did a good job with what he had to work with but once again it’s the story that’s the weakest link of this supernatural chiller. All in all, it’s not a bad movie but it just doesn’t stand out from the sea of supernatural thrillers that are available out there. The Possession of Hannah Grace will be available on DVD (plus Digital) on February 26th.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 85 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / French Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA / FDA

Subtitles: English. English SDH, French, Chinese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai

Special Features: The extras include interviews with the cast, a deleted scene and two behind-the-scenes featurettes.

  • The Killer Cast – Take a deep dive with the killer cast and get to know the film’s characters a little better with Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Nick Thune and Kirby Johnson. (15:24)
  • Deleted Scene (00:45)
  • An Autopsy of Hannah – Go behind-the-scenes with head makeup artist Adrien Morot and uncover the transformation process, learning Adrien’s vision for the character, tricks for nailing the look, and what it took to get into the creepy mindset of Hannah Grace. Slashes and gashes and cuts, oh my! (06:37)
  • Megan’s Diaries – Finally, it must get lonely spending night after night alone in a morgue—see how Megan (Shay Mitchell) keeps herself entertained during the long shifts in “Megan’s Diaries.” (01:31)
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