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