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The Possession of David O'Reilly

None December 7th, 2010

It's never a good idea to let a friend nursing a broken heart crash at your pad. You know that already, but you may never do it again after watching "The Possession of David O'Reilly," an effective no-budget pic from Great Britain.

The David of the title is a recent dumpee (Giles Anderson), and he whines and moans all over the flat of pals Alex (Nicholas Shaw) and Kate (Zoe Richards). They're understanding until his behavior grows more irrational, and he starts talking about things coming for him.

And then things come for him. Pardon my French, but shit gets weird. In the world of horror, that's a good thing indeed.

With such a minimalist concept and one-site setting, "Possession" is one of those films that can't be delved into too deeply without spoiling the surprises. As the box and credits reveal, yes, creatures are involved. They're well-designed and freaky, like humans stripped of their skin or "Hellraiser" Cenobites minus the S&M getup.

Making "Possession" somewhat unique is that when the fecal matter hits the fan, David's POV becomes the audience's as well. The last 15 minutes of the film are intense, and something to see. The work is understated enough that the gore-adverse can enjoy it; in that way, it resembles the ghostly shivers of "Paranormal Activity," which also crossed over to the non-horror crowd.

Worth noting is film's inclusion of some beautiful, haunting music by producer Steve Isles, who also directed with writer Andrew Cull. "”Rod Lott

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