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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This Week's Feature: Did the Dybbuk Box Cause a Fire After the Filming of The Possession?

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Rapper Matisyahu and Natalie Calis in The Possession. - DIYAH PERA
  • Diyah Pera
  • Rapper Matisyahu and Natalie Calis in The Possession.

In this week's feature, Riverfront Times did what the cast and crew of the new Sam Raimi horror flick The Possession were too scared to do: We trucked out to Kirksville and visited the real dybbuk box.

Read "The Devil's Wine Box" here.

The film, which opened over the long weekend (to the second-highest gross in Labor Day-weekend movie history), has only added to the lore surrounding the supposedly haunted Jewish wine box. Light bulbs on set shattered. Cold spots popped up in the middle of takes.

But one particular claim seems to have benefitted from a little embellishment from the stars of the film. Now that all the horror-junkies have probably already seen it, we thought we'd point it out.

The Possession stars Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and has one of the creepiest trailers in recent history:

The stars, whilst on their publicity tour for the film, made much of the true story of the dybbuk box and how they would not allow the thing to be on set. Even Morgan, who professes to be a skeptic, seems to have really gone for broke on believing the thing is real. And why not? It's smart marketing. Here's what he told the Gawker science fiction blog i09:

I'm a skeptic, look I'm not going to lie. That being said, there was some weird goings on on set. Lots of light bulbs exploding. Just overall kind of creepiness... "Don't mock the box," was sort of the mantra that we lived by while we were filming this.

Then there's the story of the storage facility that burned down a few days after the film wrapped.

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