Here we go again. Without any pleasantries, I’m just going to go ahead and cut to the chase. I just watched The Last Possession, a horror/sci-fi offering written by Greg Shouse and directed by Dan Riddle. As usual, the trailer caught my curiosity, and I was hoping this film would leave me feeling satisfied after watching it in its entirety. Well, you know what they say about the folks in Hell who want ice cubes, yeah? Sit back and let me tell you a little bit about The Last Possession.
Essentially, The Last Possession is a film about a family that moves into a house left to them by a deceased family member. The house is seemingly out in the middle of nowhere, which isn’t surprising. Shortly after the family moves in, a “natural” disaster occurs, and strange things begin to happen in and around the house, especially once they spot the ginormous hole burned in the ground in the backyard after the “earthquake” happens.
The two children, Jack (Sawyer Bell) and Gabby (Lourelle Jensen), begin to see and feel weird things around the house, but their parents just kind of brush them off. The kids’ parents, Stephanie (Cassie Shea Watson) and Kent (Stephen Brodie) finally begin to pick up on the weird shit that the kids keep mentioning, but Kent doesn’t want to believe in anything paranormal because he’s all about there being a scientific explanation for everything until something unexplainable finally happens.
So, more characters are brought in to help to find answers as to what’s going on and things just keep getting more predictable. Keep in mind that nothing really “exciting” happens in The Last Possession until maybe the hour and 15-minute mark. Now, this film has a runtime of around an hour and a half, so it definitely falls into the painfully slow slow-burn category. Once the excitement begins, it’s also a huge disappointment because after all of the buildup, the payoff is just not worth the wait.
The Last Possession is like a Lifetime Movie version of Poltergeist, and that’s being generous. The only good thing I can say about it—my “pros list”—is that the actors portraying the children are pretty enjoyable. Now, onto the cons. The storyline is so full of holes that there really isn’t one. There’s no backstory and no real character development, so I didn’t care about what happened to anybody. Even the camera work and the score are underwhelming, as are the jump scares and gore effects. The acting is largely flat, too. The chemistry between the husband and wife is either nonexistent or so forced that it’s rendered completely unbelievable.
In a nutshell, I didn’t enjoy this movie. Can you tell? But, if you want to check it out, it’s currently streaming on several platforms. Give it a watch and feel free to tell me your thoughts.