New so-called “based on a true story” horror movie about a demon box hits theaters this Fall

A new movie features an old legend that is new again: the Dybbuk box.

The Haunting (True?) Story Behind ‘The Possession’.

Meet the Dibbuk box. It’s not your typical box. For one thing, it’s not really a box. It’s more of a wine cabinet. Also, it’s haunted by a demon called a dibbuk, which, according to Jewish folklore, is a malevolent spirit of a dead soul that possesses multiple bodies to achieve oft-malicious goals.

It’s also a movie star, featured at the center of the upcoming horror film The Possession, which hits theaters on August 31.

According to the box’s website, the auction listing included the story of how the seller, Kevin Mannis, obtained the dibbuk box.

Later, Mannis gave the box to his sister, brother and girlfriend, all three of whom returned it to him.

Reluctantly, he took the box home, only to realize that he began having a recurring nightmare involving “the most gruesome, demonic-looking Hag that I have ever seen.” A month later, Mannis’ sister and brother came over and described their same dream, down to every detail. Suddenly, they all realized the shared link: the box.

Since deciding that the blame was on the box, Mannis claimed to see “shadow things” at random; smoke alarms going off with no fire; burnt out lightbulbs; his hair falling out; the stench of cat urine lurking in the air.


Seems to be another one of those horror/thriller movies supposedly based on a true story, movies such as “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”, “The Amityville Horror” and “Fargo”. The dybbuk box (or dibbuk as it’s spelled here) is a staple of occult literature as an unlucky possession. It’s come up recently on Mysterious Universe.

UPDATE: (2-Sept-2012)  A piece from io9.

I’m a skeptic, look I’m not going to lie. That being said, there was some weird goings on on set. Lots of light bulbs exploding. Just overall kind of creepiness…

Meh. EVERYONE says they are a skeptic. But they really don’t seek normal explanations. They just buy into the hype too.

  8 comments for “New so-called “based on a true story” horror movie about a demon box hits theaters this Fall

  1. Phil
    August 30, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Look it’s written down it must be true.

  2. Rich
    August 30, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    I assume that once they got rid of the box, the smoke alarms stopped going off, lightbulbs stopped burning out and his hair stopped falling out, because only a demon in a box could possibly be responsible for these freakish events.

  3. Dougie
    August 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    I think you’ve hit on the perfect last scene of the movie! Our hero, suddenly crowned with flowing locks walks into the apartment, switches on the light (which stays on) and looks up at his smoke alarm to see it displaying its working properly light but not making a sound. Fade out, but in such a way to make it obvious the bulb is still working. LOL

  4. LovleAnjel
    August 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    “…smoke alarms going off with no fire; burnt out lightbulbs; his hair falling out; the stench of cat urine lurking in the air.”

    So he never cleans his oven, leaves his lights on when he’s not in the room, is getting old and so is his cat. Spooooooky.

  5. Chris
    August 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Maybe the smoke alarm went off because the pizza in the oven was done.

  6. Ryuthrowsstuff
    August 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Calling out Fargo in the same breath as Amityville and emily Rose is a bit unfair. Fargo was actually inspired confirmable real world events. The opening claim that its a totally true story is an admitted bit of audience manipulation on the Coen’s part.

  7. Rich
    September 1, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Also the Coens were more than happy in interviews to admit they made the whole thing up.

  8. Kitty
    September 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    I have a cousin that told me she NEVER buys used furniture as “it can be haunted”. She told me that in Wisconsin there were HAUNTED BUNK BEDS. “It’s often not the house, but the objects in the house”. She then looked around my used furniture filled home and told me she could “never sleep here”. She also pointed at my old travel trunk and said “People that used that are now dead, did you never think of that?” I’m going to call her to make sure she doesn’t miss this documentary…I mean “movie”.

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