‘Station 19’s’ Grey Damon stars in ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’

Despite the horror Shay Mitchell’s character Megan Reed goes through in Columbia Pictures’ The Possession of Hannah Grace, she has allies who are willing to put themselves in danger to help her. One of the most willing is her cop ex-boyfriend Andrew, played by fast-rising star Grey Damon (Station 19, Friday Night Lights, The Flash).

Andrew (Grey Damon) stumbles across Megan (Shay Mitchell) in the cadaver drawer room in Screen Gems’ THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE.

Despite their estrangement, Andrew still cares deeply about Megan and worries that the morgue Megan works in isn’t a safe space for someone wrestling with overcoming addiction. “I think that Andrew is the voice of reason the little angel on Megan’s shoulder, her conscience,” says Damon. “Even though Megan is really messed up right now, Andrew knows that she faced this major tragedy and is trying to get her life back in order.”

In the film, Megan is attempting to get her life back on track after failing to prevent her police officer partner’s murder and turning to drugs and alcohol to manage her grief. Working the graveyard shift at the morgue in the Boston hospital where she got sober, Megan finds an unlikely peace in the extreme solitude of the cavernous facility. But one night, after she takes delivery of a horribly disfigured body, things begin to change.

“Grey Damon is a tremendous actor,” says Mitchell of her costar. “As Megan’s former boyfriend, he’s the one who believes in her, who was there before her life went awry. He is still there for her, and he is probably still in love with her. It’s really a push-pull relationship with Andrew who is so strong and confident and healthy. Megan obviously loves and cares for him, but she doesn’t want him around because he reminds her of what could have been. But she does enlist in his help when the mystery starts growing.”

Damon was also impressed by Mitchell. “She’s just a badass,” he says of the film’s lead actress. “She brings a real rawness to Megan. It’s cool to see her in this tough role.”

Grey Damon attends the Special Influencer Screening of Screen Gems “The Possession of Hannah Grace”, hosted by Shay Mitchell at ArcLight Hollywood Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Blair Raughley/Invision for Screen Gems/AP Images)

Now playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide, The Possession of Hannah Grace is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #PossessionMovie

About The Possession of Hannah Grace

In The Possession of Hannah Grace, a shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a teenage girl. Months later, ex-cop Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) is attempting to get her life back on track after failing to prevent her partner’s murder and turning to drugs and alcohol to manage her grief. Working the graveyard shift at the morgue in the Boston hospital where she got sober, Megan finds an unlikely peace in the extreme solitude of the cavernous facility.

But one night, after she takes delivery of a horribly disfigured body, things begin to change. Locked alone inside the basement corridors of the morgue with the mutilated cadaver, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions. Questioning her own sanity, she fears that the cadaver is possessed by a ruthless demonic force and is ready to spring back to life—to kill.

A pulse-pounding horror-thriller sure to terrify audiences, The Possession of Hannah Grace stars Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon, Nick Thune, Jacob Ming-Trent, Max McNamara, Louis Herthum, James A. Waston, Jr and Kirby Johnson. Diederik van Rooijen (Daylight) directs from a script by Brian Sieve (Scream: The TV Series, Boogeyman 2).

Teen dancer-actress plays possessed cadaver in ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’

Thanks to her dancing and modeling background, Kirby Johnson nabbed the pivotal role of the possessed titular character in Columbia Pictures’ new horror thriller The Possession of Hannah Grace, the ill-fated girl who loses her life in the unsettling exorcism that opens the film.

The violent, vicious demonic force that has taken over Hannah’s body isn’t content to let a thing like her death put an end to its reign of terror, and once her cadaver arrives in the morgue, the evil spirit senses a perfect opportunity to wage continued destruction, claiming a mounting roster of new victims as it pursues its real quarry, Megan, played by Shay Mitchell.

“The cadaver inflicts pain and terror on its mission to find the best host body to become as strong as possible—each time she kills, her body heals itself,” producer Sean Robins says. “When we started talking about our cadaver and how to cast her, we knew that we were looking for someone who understands movement, who can manipulate her body. It’s always going to be scarier if you’re not using CG, if you’re actually using someone whose body will do the things that you need the character to do.”

Johnson, a dancer and a model, was cast as the teenager who returns from the dead to relentlessly stalk Megan in the basement hallways of the morgue. Johnson began dancing at the age of 11, and her performance background, agility, and incredible flexibility were key to her landing the role. “I don’t think a normal non-dancer could have played something so physically specific,” Johnson says. “When I first talked to [director] Diederik [van Rooijen], he was very excited that I could do all these crazy movements so they wouldn’t have to devise effects or edit me digitally. He was just ecstatic about all the weird, creepy stuff I can do, like pop my shoulders out of their sockets. At the same time, he was very protective of me while we were working.”

“Kirby was great,” says van Rooijen. “She has this ability to pop her arms and legs, and it’s scary. That helped create something special because most of that stuff is real, we did it live. There’s not a lot of CG in it. We could actually play and have real reactions, which I think is nice for those kinds of scenes. We had an awesome time that day, but a lot of people were really scared doing it. We had one person walk off the set and say, ‘This is too much for me.’ You have the feeling, Oh, we’re on the right track.”

“She can move in amazing ways,” adds Adrien Morot, who designed the special effects makeups for the film. “It’s really incredible what she can do with her body. The way she can cock her head looked almost like her head was already falling off.”

“We’re very excited for people to see Kirby,” says executive producer Glenn Gainor. “She’s a talented dancer with the fantastic abilities of a contortionist. A lot of what you see in this film might appear to be visual effects, but it’s simply Kirby manipulating her body in the manner that very few of us can. It’s performance art, and it’s really going to freak people out.”

In Philippine cinemas January 23, The Possession of Hannah Grace is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #PossessionMovie

BTS: Director Diederik Van Rooijen and Shay Mitchell on the set of Screen Gems’ THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE.

About The Possession of Hannah Grace

In The Possession of Hannah Grace, a shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a teenage girl. Months later, ex-cop Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) is attempting to get her life back on track after failing to prevent her partner’s murder and turning to drugs and alcohol to manage her grief. Working the graveyard shift at the morgue in the Boston hospital where she got sober, Megan finds an unlikely peace in the extreme solitude of the cavernous facility.

But one night, after she takes delivery of a horribly disfigured body, things begin to change. Locked alone inside the basement corridors of the morgue with the mutilated cadaver, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions. Questioning her own sanity, she fears that the cadaver is possessed by a ruthless demonic force and is ready to spring back to life—to kill.

A pulse-pounding horror-thriller sure to terrify audiences, The Possession of Hannah Grace stars Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon, Nick Thune, Jacob Ming-Trent, Max McNamara, Louis Herthum, James A. Waston, Jr and Kirby Johnson. Diederik van Rooijen (Daylight) directs from a script by Brian Sieve (Scream: The TV Series, Boogeyman 2).

‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ out to terrify audiences

A pulse-pounding horror-thriller, Columbia Pictures’ The Possession of Hannah Grace starring Filipina-Canadian actress Shay Mitchell, is sure to terrify audiences when it opens in Philippine cinemas January 23.

The Possession of Hannah Grace came to life when producers Todd Garner and Sean Robins began brainstorming for inspiration for a one-of-a-kind premise that could anchor a truly terrifying horror film. “We began to develop ideas and settings that we thought were scary—this particular movie actually came from an article we read about someone who had to do community service in a morgue,” Robins says.

“This is a story about a woman confronting her own mental health and being stuck in a really harrowing situation of a very lonely, scary, creepy job,” adds Garner. “She’s not sure at first if it’s her own mental health or if it’s something more supernatural happening to her.”

Megan (Shay Mitchell) realizes that something is not right in Hanna Grace’s cadaver drawer in Screen Gems’ THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE.

Screenwriter Brian Sieve—whose resume includes MTV’s Scream TV series, Boogeyman 2—sparked to the concept immediately. “I’ve always gravitated to horror movies that are more psychological in nature where you’re questioning the protagonist’s sanity—and the protagonist is questioning his or her own sanity.”

Sieve embarked on a period of intense research. He watched documentaries about the experiences of Emergency Medical Technicians tasked with delivering bodies to morgues, and he interviewed experts at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office. Keeping the telling, real-world insights he had gleaned firmly in mind, Sieve sat down to write a character-forward psychological thriller, drawing from and updating classic horror themes. Even as he ratcheted up the supernatural scares, he rooted the screenplay in the experiences and perspective of an emotionally damaged but imminently resilient former cop, played by Mitchell.

To helm the film, producers Garner and Robins turned to Dutch writer-director Diederik van Rooijen. “Diederik was actually the first person I met with on this film, and I immediately fell in love with the things he said about the script and the way in which he wanted to shoot it,” says Robins. “Jump scares are great, and blood, guts and gore are typically part of the vernacular, but because the psychological was much more interesting to us, with Diederik we achieved a great balance of the two.”

As a child, van Rooijen grew up watching such classics as The ShiningHalloween and Hellraiser. “I’ve seen them all, and far too young,” the filmmaker, whose crime thriller and suspense credits include the Dutch-language features Taped (2012) and Daylight (2013), says with a laugh.

To get this project, van Rooijen made a five-minute short film that encapsulated his creative approach to the project, using movement, sound design, and the claustrophobia of the setting to amplify the tension inherent in the nail-biting premise. He even shot the short inside a morgue in Amsterdam for an added sense of authenticity. “What I really love about the premise is having somebody stuck down there having to face her own demons—and the real demon,” the director says. “I wanted to capture that loneliness. Time ticks by very slowly when you’re alone in that kind of situation. You’re always waiting for something to happen. That’s half the ride. Then, of course, you have to scare the hell out of them, which we will.”

The Possession of Hannah Grace, is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Use the hashtag #PossessionMovie 

BTS: Director Diederik Van Rooijen and Shay Mitchell on the set of Screen Gems’ THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE.
About The Possession of Hannah Grace

In The Possession of Hannah Grace, a shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a teenage girl. Months later, ex-cop Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) is attempting to get her life back on track after failing to prevent her partner’s murder and turning to drugs and alcohol to manage her grief. Working the graveyard shift at the morgue in the Boston hospital where she got sober, Megan finds an unlikely peace in the extreme solitude of the cavernous facility.

But one night, after she takes delivery of a horribly disfigured body, things begin to change. Locked alone inside the basement corridors of the morgue with the mutilated cadaver, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions. Questioning her own sanity, she fears that the cadaver is possessed by a ruthless demonic force and is ready to spring back to life—to kill.

The Possession of Hannah Grace stars Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon, Nick Thune, Jacob Ming-Trent, Max McNamara, Louis Herthum, James A. Waston, Jr and Kirby Johnson. Diederik van Rooijen (Daylight, Taped) directs from a script by Brian Sieve (Scream: The TV Series, Boogeyman 2).

‘Possession of Hannah Grace,’ ‘Escape Room’ thrill with new posters

Columbia Pictures has just revealed the brand new posters for its two upcoming suspense thrillers, The Possession of Hannah Grace starring Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) and Escape Room

Check out the brand new posters below!

The Possession of Hannah Grace opens in Philippine cinemas January 23, to be followed by Escape Room on February 2019.  They are distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  

About The Possession of Hannah Grace

In The Possession of Hannah Grace, a shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a teenage girl. Months later, ex-cop Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) is attempting to get her life back on track after failing to prevent her partner’s murder and turning to drugs and alcohol to manage her grief. Working the graveyard shift at the morgue in the Boston hospital where she got sober, Megan finds an unlikely peace in the extreme solitude of the cavernous facility.

But one night, after she takes delivery of a horribly disfigured body, things begin to change. Locked alone inside the basement corridors of the morgue with the mutilated cadaver, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions. Questioning her own sanity, she fears that the cadaver is possessed by a ruthless demonic force and is ready to spring back to life—to kill.

A pulse-pounding horror-thriller sure to terrify audiences, The Possession of Hannah Grace stars Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon, Nick Thune, Jacob Ming-Trent, Max McNamara, Louis Herthum, James A. Waston, Jr and Kirby Johnson. Diederik van Rooijen (Daylight, Taped) directs from a script by Brian Sieve (Scream: The TV Series, Boogeyman 2). Use the hashtag #PossessionMovie

About Escape Room

Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

Columbia Pictures presents an Original Film production, Escape Room.  Starring Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, with Yorick van Wageningen.  Directed by Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key).  Produced by Neal H. Moritz (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Ori Marmur.  Screenplay by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik.  Story by Bragi Schut.  Use the hashtag #EscapeRoomMovie

WATCH: Exorcism goes wrong in ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ trailer

Death is only the beginning. Watch the first trailer of the new terrifying horror thriller The Possession of Hannah Grace now which has just been launched by Columbia Pictures.

In the film, a shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a young woman. Months later, Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) is working the graveyard shift in the morgue when she takes delivery of a disfigured cadaver. Locked alone inside the basement corridors, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions and starts to suspect that the body may be possessed by a ruthless demonic force.

Directed by Diederik Van Rooijen, written by Brian Sieve, and produced by Todd Garner & Sean Robins, the film stars Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson and Stana Katic.

In Philippine cinemas December 5, 2018, The Possession of Hannah Grace is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #PossessionMovie