Sam Rami Explains The Possession

Producer Sam Rami has been talking to promote his latest horror collaboration The Possession, directed by Ole Bronedal and starring Natasha Calis, Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffery Dean Morgan.

Here’s the official synopsis for the creepy tale: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Here’s what Sam Rami had to say about what inspired his involvement in the project:

“My partner, Nathan Kahane, had brought in to the office an article fromThe L.A. Times, written by Leslie Gornstein, and it was called Jinx in a Box. It was about this terrible Dibbuk box, and the article told the story of all these different people that had come in contact with it and the awful things that had befallen them, and it was really freaky and scary.”

Possession has been a big part of Rami’s past work, starting obviously with his cult classic Evil Dead Trilogy and even creeping its way into Spider-Man 3 when Peter Parker found himself turned tragically emo by evil black alien goo. Here’s how Rami explained the continued fascination with the phenomena:

“It’s so easy, in three different ways, to see how possession exists, in our world,” he says. “The first is just when you see a very domineering person who has somebody that they’re with, obviously under their psychological control. We know that that exists, in that form. The domination of one’s spirit and mind is not a pretty thing, but I think it happens.”

“The second type of possession we see is a computer possession. You’re able to go into and hack somebody’s computer and take over its brain. It’s not a living thing, but it’s a purely mathematical position. You’re able to tell their computer to do anything you want it to do. So, it exists in that form, in our world.”

“And then, finally, there’s a virus that’s a little piece of floating RNA that splices itself into our DNA and tells your body, ‘Replicate me until the red hour, and then we’ll go berserk and take control.’ Really, it’s controlling your body. It’s secretly there, until one day it becomes known. That’s the physical kind of possession that takes place. So, because there are so many types of possession already in our world, it’s actually just a small step for me to believe that this type of possession could actually be real.”

The Possession takes hold of UK cinemas from Friday 31st August

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