POSSESSED (2022) Reviews of Malaysian horror

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Possessed is a 2022 Malaysian horror film about a teacher who must put aside his personal traumas to rally his school in a fight for survival against a group of violent, possessed students. Original title: Rasuk

Directed by James Lee (Histeria the Series; Two Sisters; Kill-Fist) from a screenplay written by Adib Zaini (Polis Evo; KL Zombi).

The Astro-Golden Screen Cinemas-Multimedia Entertainment-Six Fun Media co-production stars Alif Satar, Ikmal Amry, Abbas Mahmood, Elisya Sandha, Ayie Elham, Syazwan Razak, Atiq Azman and Bella Rahim.

“The movie portrays the connotations of black magic and sets up the plot to transition slowly into possessions. The movie mostly had jump scares here and there, and although the story tried to build up an emotional background, it was not able to. Good for a one-time watch and more of a thriller than horror per se, the movie is entertaining.” Digital Mafia Talkies

“Mostly, it felt like something I’ve watched a few times before. The movie doesn’t offer much new to the zombie genre. Well, except for maybe the added element of them being infected via a curse. Also, the zombie-like creatures squeal like pigs which is strange. Creepy? Sure. Weird? Definitely.” 2 out of 5 stars, Heaven of Horror

“Overall, the Malaysian horror movie on Netflix starts well but leaves us with many questions. There are no jumpscares but several eerie and disturbing scenes. The last scene hinted that there might be more.” Leisure Byte

“This is another example of a very generic film that has nothing special to add to the formula of an average or even sub-par zombie thriller. The ending is again very cliche, with a hint of a twist that will probably never be revealed. The big problem with supernatural flicks like this is that they don’t feel grounded in reality.” 5 out of 10, Midgard Times

“While it isn’t actively bad in the way KL Zombi, on which Zaini was one of the writers, was, it never rises above watchable in quality either. There’s plenty of energetic running around and chases but we’ve seen it all before […] If you already have Netflix and are running out of things to watch Possessed might be worth your time.” 2 out of 5 stars, Voices from the Balcony


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Technical specs:
1 hour 34 minutes

Not to be confused with the 2018 Indonesian horror film Rasuk or many other movies titled Possessed.

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