If you’re looking for a unique horror film or trying to dip your toe into the waters of the genre, then Ava’s Possessions is worth your time. Directed by Jordan Galland and starring Louisa Krause, the film centers on Ava (Krause) who has just had a demon named Naphula exorcised from her body. Everything should be great, right? Well, you would be wrong. Ava’s family blames her for becoming possessed in the first place and she has to make amends for all the shit she got into during her possession. She’s forced to attend Spirit Possession Anonymous, and is forced to fight off the demon as he tries to take control again.
This is an insanely gorgeous film. I loved how nothing was clean and simple; locations were dirty, messy, lived in. It made the film feel like a real place. Also, I adored how this movie is drenched in neon. Dutch angles are frequently used, and they’re actually well implemented.
Is the story memorable? Not really, but it is a nice change of pace from your typical demonic possession film. There’s humor and heart sprinkled in, and I genuinely cared about Ava.
Some of the dialogue and performances didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but it doesn’t detract from the movie too much. If you’re craving a scary movie, this isn’t going to do it for you. I’m usually terrified of films featuring demonic possession, but I had no issues with Ava’s Possessions, and didn’t get that sense of terror that I was hoping for. I did have fun, though.
Overall, Ava’s Possessions is a unique, gorgeous film that is perfect for someone who is new to the horror genre or is looking for a fresh take on the usual demonic possession film. It’s not particularly scary, and the story isn’t memorable, but you’ll be entertained, and you’ll certainly remember the film’s style.