Here are a couple of reviews of the #1 Movie at the Box Office this weekend that We (Chris Jacobson and I with Jussi Tegelman as Sound Designer/ Sound Supervisor) mixed at "The Dub Stage". The movie is "The Possession" FilmFracture: What's Your Time Worth? | Movie Reviews | News | Features | Trailers | Film Festivals |
One of the most chilling aspects of The Possession is the soundtrack. Sound designer Jussi Tegelman (who has worked on several of Sam Raimi's movies, including Drag Me to Hell and the Spiderman films) has lots of experience with horror movies, and he knows how to use the audio to help make the audience's skin crawl. Aside from the typical eerie double-tracked vocals that have become a staple of possession/exorcism movies, Tegelman uses human voices in other ways that add to the creepy factor. Throughout the entire film, silence is broken by subtle whispering, chanting, and breathing that makes the viewer subconsciously aware that characters are not alone. Tegelman's sound layering creates the aural equivalent to showing them the bomb, heightening the tension in The Possession without distracting from Ole Bornedal's visuals. ‘The Possession’ Review
The Possession’ makes remarkable use of sound design, something quite noticeable in a genre that is usually ubiquitous with “booms” – crutches to accentuate moments that aren’t carrying enough weight on their own. Borndeal plays with silence, cuts to black for chapter breaks in unexpected places and basically provides a rhythm that is altogether unique. There are also recurring images of the quiet suburban town shot from a God’s-Eye View that quickly becomes unsettling.