Possessor, Review

Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Bean, Tuppence Middleton

Written and Directed by: Brandon Croneneberg

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Letterboxd Rating


We have reached a point in the timeline in our existence where horror films are getting good, too good. Filmmakers have finally resolved that in order to make a horror film good, you need more than the typical jumpscare, gore, and slashers. There is a psychological element that takes you further into the development of the terror than just a superficial slasher film. This is exactly what Possessor does.

Within the first 10 minutes of the film you see Andrea Riseborough getting unhooked from a strange device. Her pale, cold, sweaty face is uncomfortably taking up the entire frame. Her skin almost looks translucent. This sets up the entire mood for the unnerving events that will eventually take place.

Possessor plays a lot on morality. The ideology surrounding families and our responsibility as a member of a family. This is what makes the film so terrifying. Along with the subconscious play on morality, the films cinematography is disorienting, at times making you feel cramped and confined. Cronenberg’s vision of possessing someone’s mind was surreal and creepy. The images that flash across the screen are subconsciously daunting. Possessor arrives just in time for Halloween and I cannot recommend this spooky psychological enough for spooky season.

Possessor in theatres now

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