DVD Review: POSSUM

POSSUM was written and directed by Matthew Holness in his feature film debut that stars Sean Harris and Alun Armstrong.

A man trying to escape his past finds his past continually chasing him down. Philip (Sean Harris), a disgraced children’s puppeteer, returns to his dilapidated childhood home and lecherous stepfather, Maurice (Alun Armstrong). Philip is intent on destroying “Possum,”a hideously malformed spider-puppet he carries with him in a brown leather case. Unfortunately, and horrifically, Possum refuses to be abandoned. 

Philip’s mind is flooded with painful half-memories and nightmarish visions, and when he finds himself embroiled in a local investigation surrounding a missing boy, he grows progressively unsure of what’s real and what’s not. All the while Possum seems to mock his suffering at every turn. 

Philip returns home and has to deal with his uncomfortable relationship with his sleazy stepfather who likes to torture him with blows of mental anguish. While all of this is going on there’s also a teenage boy that goes missing and poor Philip could be linked to it. He doesn’t really have a way to escape his miserable existance, and to add to this, his spider-puppet that he keeps trying to discard keeps finding its way back to him. Philip’s life has become a nightmarish existance, but in the darkest of times, he finds a path of redemption through a shocking discovery.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Possum ended up being this atmospheric psychological nightmare that serves as a day in the life of this troubled man who’s dealing with some extremely dark issues and trying to find a way to conquer his inner demons. To some viewers Possum might be an unsettling watch but to others it’ll play like an extremely well made character study that’s unique in its vision and does what it sets out to do – get under your skin and give you the creeps. Sean Harris did a great job as the weird central character and director Matthew Holness captured everything he needed to make this eerie movie such an entertaining watch. The entire movie is all about this troubled man and his terrifying puppet that won’t let him go but there’s also a small dose of redemption thrown into the mix as well. Possum creeps its way to DVD on February 12th.

Distirbutor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include some interviews and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

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