“The Possession of Hannah Grace” (Screen Gems)

Shay Mitchell stars in a scene from the movie "The Possession of Hannah Grace." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service

Dreary horror tale in which an ex-cop (Shay Mitchell) with mental and addiction problems who now works the night shift at a Boston hospital’s morgue is confused to find one of the cadavers in her care, that of a teen girl (Kirby Johnson) who died during a failed exorcism, refusing to rest in peace.

Though director Diederik Van Rooijen focuses more on spooky settings than splatter, momentary bloodletting and some grisly sights suggest even many grown-ups may want to avoid his unrewarding film. The pseudo-Catholic content is mostly restricted to one sequence and no more inaccurate than is typical for the genre.

Occult themes, occasional violence, including torture, with brief gore, gruesome images, distant rear and partial nudity, a mild oath, about a half-dozen crude terms. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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