Title: Ava’s Possessions
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Time: 87 minutes
Ava is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group. As Ava struggles to reconnect with her friends, get her job back, and figure out where the huge blood stain in her apartment came from, she is plagued by nightmarish visions the demon is trying to come back.
When I read the premise of this movie, I knew I had to see it. I thought the idea was so unique, and I personally don’t know of any other movies that show what happens to a person after the spirit they are possessed by is exorcised. If you know of any, please let me know in the comments, because I would love to see them.
The movie starts out with the typical scene of a girl tied to the bed, and the priest doing his thing. (My mind just went to a bad place when I typed that… maybe it’s all the cold medicine I’m on.) Then a month has passed, and we see the aftermath of Ava’s destroyed apartment, and her family physically pulls back from her when she approaches them. Ava’s mom has a patch over her eye, and you just know it was Ava’s fault.
Ava’s then talks to her lawyer, and he tells her that she has three options; go to prison for harming people and property damage, go to a crazy home, or go to SPA and get help so her demon doesn’t come back. She chooses SPA, and we get to see how other people react to their lives after the spirit leaves their body.
I will say I wish there were more scenes in the SPA group. I think a lot more character development could have been done here, and seeing how the different people were coping was very interesting, and in some cases, humorous.
Although this is a horror movie, to my it was more of a mystery. Ava’s family wants her to leave it all alone, and just get better, but she wants to find out why a demon possessed her. The mystery itself was done okay. For me the clues were laid out very quickly, and were not hard at all to figure out.
The reason I’m giving it four stars instead of five, is all the unanswered questions at the end. But I would say to definitely give this one a watch.
Major Spoilers Ahead.
There are various ways that you can get possessed. They put forward the idea that it might be genetic, and another way is for someone other than yourself, to do a ritual and burn an object from your childhood that meant a lot to you.
Ava has a creepy bear go missing before she’s possessed, and she keeps having waking dreams of the burnt bear talking to her, trying to give her information. If someone did burn the bear, who was it? I’m thinking her sister, because towards the end, Ava sees a mark on her sister’s neck. But if her sister did do it, why? They seemed to get along well, and there was never any motive given at to why she would want her sister possessed/out of the picture.
Then Ava stumbles across a file towards the end of the movie, that pertains to her mom, hinting towards the genetic aspect. If this was the case, was Ava’s sister possessed at one time too. But if so I would think the family would have realized it.