Moving into a creepy unfinished subdivision, then bringing home a spooky religious relic seem like not the smartest decisions, but no one ever makes horror movies about the best way to raise your credit score or get along with the new boss at work.
A better-than-most fright-time tale, the new supernatural thriller "The Possession" begins with the recently divorced Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) trying to get along to lessen the strain on their two daughters.
Their youngest, Em (Natasha Calis), buys an odd wooden box at a yard sale and soon begins acting strangely because, naturally, she has been overtaken by an apparition of Jewish legend known as a dybbuk.
Directed by Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal (1997's "Nightwatch") and produced by Sam Raimi, "The Possession" offers a few small-scale scares, but it's not quite clear if the Brenek family is Jewish, so the idea of belief and true faith is never part of the equation. The dybbuk just is.