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Ava’s Possessions, or: How to Lose Fiends and Alienate People

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This week continues the B horror movie trend, but we shake things up slightly by switching from creatures to possessions.  Next week we shake things up even more when Christa and I are ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC.

The Film:

Ava’s Possessions

Where to Watch:

Netflix (US)

The Premise:

A woman tries to get her life back on track as she recovers from a demonic possession.

The Uncondensed Version:

We first meet Ava shortly after a demon leaves her; she has spent the past month doing violent, depraved, awful things with no memory of them.

The film sets up demonic possession as sort of a form of drug addiction in the way it damages its victims and hurts the people around them.  As with a newly sober addict, Ava’s family and friends don’t understand her well and even cast a bit of blame her way for getting possessed I the first place.  They try to understand what it was like for Ava, but end up asking really insensitive questions like “What are you going to do about picking up the pieces of your life?”

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The face I make too when someone asks what I’m doing with my life.

Additional complications:  Ava is facing major charges that could come along with serious prison time.  The only alternative is to go through the Spirit Possession Anonymous program and agree to stick to it.  Through SPA, Ava is able to share the name of her demon and learn about all of the crimes she committed, men she slept with, and ears she chewed.  We also discover the demon was always accompanied by a drum so, understandably, drums are something of a trigger for Ava.

Somewhat counterintuitively, the SPA method prepares its participants to be possessed again when equipped with the resources to expel their demons.  This seems to be accomplished mostly by making funny faces in the mirror, beating the shit out of dummies, fighting with dolls, and popping balloons.  It looks like possibly the most fun form of rehab ever.

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I’ve already mastered this step of the SPA program…

Things are going pretty well for Ava, all things considered, until she takes a sudden downward spiral and loses faith in the SPA program.  In a decision she regrets almost immediately, Ava helps her friend perform a black magic ritual during which she’ll be possessed.  I’ll be honest and tell you I wasn’t paying the most attention ever to this part of the film because I suddenly felt really sleepy but wanted to power through it and keep watching.

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Even witchcraft looks delightful in this film.  But I’d probably say that regardless.

So anyway…this is majorly against the principles of SPA, which I should think goes without saying.  Ava is kicked out and now must seek help elsewhere or face prison.

Before she can leave, though, Ava realizes someone is trying to kill her.  I think you’ll know almost immediately who it is based on general shadiness, but lest I ruin the surprise for you, I’ll stop right here.

The Rating:

3.5/5 Pink Panther Heads

I really enjoyed watching this and am happy to say it was a completely new take on the possession story for me.  It reminded me a bit of Fido, the alternate history zombie rom-com, in its blending of genres, realistic approach to extraordinary happenings, and really quite fun approach to horror.

That being said, the film is a bit uneven as the latter half becomes sort of a gritty film noir, which is a jarring transition.  Or possibly I just have a pitch black sense of humor as I found the beginning of the film quite funny in the way it subverted expectations and drew the parallels between being a recovering addict and victim of demonic possession.

Also the love interest was so boring I didn’t even mention him or care about at all.  But that’s true with most men, isn’t it?

Did this film make Christa embrace her inner demon or would she rather expel it from her memory?  Find out here!

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Author: jilliansheilas

I like books, bad movies, bothering my cats, and Herbert Lom. Sometimes I behave like an information professional.

6 thoughts on “Ava’s Possessions, or: How to Lose Fiends and Alienate People

  1. Pingback: Ava’s Possessions (Film) Review  | A Voluptuous Mind

  2. You’re so right about the film noir-y tone to this, it does get a little murder/mystery which I wasn’t expecting. I also felt like Roger’s whole deal was a bit over the top, even though I enjoyed her getting one over on him. I also got a little confused with the sister’s tattoo at the end, obviously it means she’d dabbled in her own witchcraft but is this because she’s evoked her mother’s demon, or…? I think I must have zoned out a little bit! Her mother was suitably horrid and I enjoyed her. Also, did her eye get popped out entirely or was it just a bit of a graze?

    Just think next film we do for our collab we can do together in the flesh! I will make sure I have some gems ready. BTW in my head I am envisaging us live blogging it either in a podcast sense or as video clips! We’ll see, eh? xoxo

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    • Ok, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who found the ending abrupt and confusing. And the whole deal with Roger just felt a bit tired. Liked the beginning of the film, loved the premise, but something just didn’t add up and the ending was a bit disappointing.
      I can’t BELIEVE the next collab will be IRL!!!! Agh, podcast sounds amazing and the world needs to prepare itself.

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  3. Right? Was I wrong but the whole reason for him hiring a hit man was because he’d slept with Ava when she was acting crazy and he didn’t want to get found out? I mean, there are easier ways I’M SURE to deal in a situation like this. But then he fell for her even more when he saw she’d killed him and was demonic? UM…. xo

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