AVA’S POSSESSIONS offers up THE HANGOVER for the demonic possession genre, a refreshing take. After undergoing an exorcism, Ava tries to put her life back together. At first, she’s flippant about it but comes to learn about the terrible things she did while possessed for 28 days. Given a choice of jail or a possession survivors support group similar to AA, she chooses the latter. This forces a reevaluation of her life, trying to make amends for what she did while possessed, and completing other recovery steps to prevent the demon from possessing her again. Her biggest problem is finding out how the large bloodstain got on her floor.
The movie is billed as a horror comedy, though the premise is more comedic than the execution, which takes itself just seriously enough to work and just humorously enough to avoid getting too heavy with a light premise. I loved the premise (definitely one of those ideas I wish I’d thought of) and found the execution entertaining enough to pull it off just right. Recommended.