Possum – UK, 2017

Possum is a 2017 British horror film written and directed by Matthew Holness. The movie stars Sean Harris (Deliver Us from Evil; Prometheus; Isolation) and Alun Armstrong (Penny Dreadful; Van Helsing; The Mummy Returns).

Together with Possum, a hideous hand-puppet, disgraced puppeteer Philip (Sean Harris) returns to his childhood home.

Staying with his cruel stepfather, Maurice (Alun Armstrong), Philip soon discovers that ridding himself of Possum is no easy task. When his attempts to destroy the demonic puppet fail, Philip suspects Maurice of manipulating Possum to cause him further distress.

As their relationship deteriorates, repressed memories of a traumatic childhood start to resurface. When a local child goes missing and the police suspect him of the crimes, Philip is forced to confront the nightmares of his past and discovers that the real demon lurks much closer to home…

Reviews:

“Short on dialogue and action, with long, semi-static sequences on featureless Norfolk beaches, this challenging feature is the unholy offspring of David Lynch and MR James […] If you enjoy movies that no-one else you know likes, this could be for you.” MJ Simpson, British Horror Revival

” …one can only see Sean Harris glumly grimacing like the sides of his mouth are about to fall from his face so many times before a “get on with it” desire ignites. Cyclical scenes of vague visions and dour demeanors really wear down engagement as the creepy character study trudges onward.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

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