The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018)

The trouble with watching so many horror movies is that I often feel like I’ve seen what I’m watching before. This time, this feeling isn’t all in my head. Seriously, 2015’s The Abandoned was about a troubled, antipsychotic-dependent young woman who takes a job as a night guard and has to deal with demonic forces. 2016’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe was about coroners who experience supernatural phenomena while examining the body of an unidentified woman. Put them together and you get this movie.

Shat Mitchell plays Megan Reed, a troubled ex-cop in rehab who takes a graveyard shift in the morgue as part of her therapy. This doesn’t seem like a good idea. Nonetheless, she soon meets the body of Hannah Grace, a dead girl who was possessed and is now reanimated by demons. This also doesn’t seem like a good idea.

Hannah’s father smothered her during the exorcism to save one of the priests. Now, she’s escaped her grave and heals with each murder she commits. The police caught her father attempting to mutilate her body, as the demon can only die once her body is destroyed. He convinces Megan to help him, but Hannah burns her father and stalks our heroine, feeding off her fear and depression.

Her cop ex-boyfriend shows up to rescue her, but Hannah tears him apart. Megan grabs his gun and unlike when she couldn’t shoot back at a perp — which is how she got depressed in the first place — she’s able to destroy Hannah.

That said — you know this is a modern horror movie that needs the callback at the end, so it’s hinting that the demon is now in her, despite her being clean, sober and happy.

If you were born after 1995, then perhaps you’ll enjoy some of the jump scares in this. But if you are old, like me, and remember a better time for horror, you can’t help but be disappointed. Or feel disoriented and say, “Didn’t we already watch this?”

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