Possession is a sub-genre full of tropes. Does Anguish have what it takes to step away? This creeping, yet jarring trailer gives me hope.
In the film inspired by true events, Tess (Ryan Simpkins, A Single Man) is a teenage girl finally old enough to understand that the cause of her psychological problems is a supernatural “gift” that allows spirits to take over her body. Now that she understands what is happening to her, she must decide whether she wants to keep fighting or succumb to the soul of a recently deceased girl who refuses to leave. Karina Logue (Ray Donovan) and Annika Marks (The Fosters) also star.
This is Sonny Mallhi’s directorial debut; previously he co-produced The Lakehouse and served as Executive Producer on The Stranger and House at the End of the Street and he wrote and executive produced The Roommate. Mallhi’s company Candlewood Entertainment produced “Anguish” alongside Guy Danella (The Possession of Michael King). Deepak Bajaj and Madan Popli are the Executive Producers.
It was only a matter of time until films started being judged by their ability to be the next It Follows. Although it’s quite possibly my favorite film of 2015 (maybe of the decade), I find this comparison a bit off-putting. Anguish appears to have its own, capable legs to stand on, & I can’t wait to see who’s daughter is inside of who.
Anguish will be released is select theaters and on VOD December 18th.