The idea of a slow burn is almost unheard of when it comes to successful horror films today; excluding Heriditary this year.
Matthew Holness’ Possum feels like a twisted fairytale that creates a twisted dynamic and feels like it’s wandering into oblivion before a gut wrenching finale.
Let’s start with the positives; the score. Besides John Carpenter’s return to the franchise with Halloween has there been a better horror score throughout 2018, The Radiophonic Workshop’s score is truly melancholic and truly haunting.
Much like a giant spider it feels like it creeps all over your bones and leaves a mark long after the film has finished.
You can’t deny the performance of Sean Harris who goes full tilt in his portrayal of Philip, an outsider who you feel has got more to him than meets the eye.
Possum is very much a film about abuse and how it can carry on throughout a person’s life long after their tormentor has gone. It’s gritty and dirty and you can almost feel the dirt under your fingertips which is a testament to Director Matthew Holness’ vision.
The harsh desolate environments really convey the loneliness of Harris’ Philip and add a layer of depth to the story, with the mise en scene feeling like characters in the piece.
It may be unconventional and not mainstream but Possum is horror that gets under your skin and will leave a mark long after the closing credits.
Possum is released on DVD on 21st January 2019.