Propelled by grief, The Possession of Michael King combines two horror subgenres into one better than average film.
Michael King is in the midst of depressive grief; his wife is killed in an accident and he is seeking out answers in every direction. He delves deeply into spiritualism and religion and, as a documentary film maker, decide to chronicle his search for the supernatural and specifically his calling for and evidence of the devil.
Equal parts documentary cam footage and supernatural possession, The Possession of Michael King does not really add anything to the horror genre that has not already been done before. The Possession of Michael King has a more feasible explanation for seeking out satanic forces and the probable path to summon demons, compliments of writer and director David Jung. The visuals produced by Jung were also significantly better and more original that those in his peer and budget group. Especially liked were all the ‘experts’ King interviews and the experiences he undergoes in order to connect with the dark forces.
Shane Johnson is the titular Michael King. Though he interacts with a few minor characters, he is the only fully formed role and presence on screen and is able to command the attention of the audience. Johnson believably plays the skeptic grieving husband and simultaneously plays the overwhelmed possessed and troubled father sufficiently.
Jung’s The Possession of Michael King is a strong starter that fizzles into basic mediocrity due to the tired genre that prevents audiences from being compelled to connect. Further exacerbated by an unoriginal second half of the film.