Raimi's "The Possession" - Dybbuk Box

Contec

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Seems like a cute little box. Could fit a Necromicon in there :)
Found a picture of the box on the movie homepage:

I played with the balance in Photoshop to show more
 

Howlrunner

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Well it seems the text is based on the Hebrew Alphabet:



I make the side of the box to say (remembering that Hebrew had no vowels):

Tav Vav Alef He (T V H)
Alef Tav Hei (T H)
Hei Vav Shin Ayin (H V Sh/S)
Shin Lamed (Sh/S L)
Hei Ayin Vav Vav Shin (H V V Sh/S)

Anyone got any better ideas? :facepalm:lol
 

Goodwolf

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Cool, thanks. Do we know what it says on the box (I'm assuming it's Hebrew)?
It should be. A dybbuk in Jewish lore is a malicious spirit that possesses people, usually thought to be the soul of a person that became dislocated after death.
 

Howlrunner

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That's interesting. According to the news on the 'net, the prop warehouse for the film (which was holding the box) burnt down shortly after filming (the curse!). I thought that the box might have gone up in smoke. Guess there IS quite a lot of props still in existence.
 

Contec

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That's interesting. According to the news on the 'net, the prop warehouse for the film (which was holding the box) burnt down shortly after filming (the curse!). I thought that the box might have gone up in smoke. Guess there IS quite a lot of props still in existence.

And the The blair witch project" was made from real found student films....:lol



just Viral marketing..
 

Knightjar

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In the movie, the box is described as being 'seamless' before it's opened. Doesn't look it in the picture above. It also seemed that one of the little brass pieces acted as a lever or release to open it. The elements inside will be fun to replicate too - mostly simple but eclectic!
 

ob1al

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I didn't realise they'd changed the design of the box for the movie. I think the original box is creepier:

 

JumanjiFan112

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I saw this movie yesterday night. And I was quite intrigued with the design of the box. Im starting to think that ancient evil boxes are my thing.. anyway, I have an interest in taking this up in the future, after a few projects I'm working on are finished..
 

bingoprof

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I just returned from seeing this movie. I am a professor of religious studies specializing in the history of Jewish mysticism. The Hebrew on the box is likely a mirror image of regular Hebrew. If read R-to-L the words mean nothing, and constitute gibberish. If read L-to-R, one character at a time, you do get translatable Hebrew: "See you the evil of the punishment". On the ends of the box is the single word which again is mirror image of normal Hebrew, an incorrect Hebrew spelling of the word "Dybbuk" (if one were to spell "dibbuk" backwards there would not be 2 letter vav's). All in all, a very unsatisfying and implausible and technically incorrect artifact. This mistaken mirror image Hebrew has become a regular feature of Hollywood Hebrew propos - for example there was a tombstone in "Weeds" this season whose engraved Hebrew lettering was in mirror image gobbledygook. Why movie makers won't go to the trouble of doing things correct is beyond me.
 

SmilingOtter

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Could the image(s) have been reversed by someone who didn't know any better? Or if it was stenciled and etched, whoever did the stencils got them reversed?
 
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