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Possession of David O'reilly

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Compared favorably to The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, THE POSSESSION OF DAVID O'REILLY marks the UK as the next hot source for original, inventive horror. Giles Alderson stars as David O Reilly, a guy dumped by his girlfriend and looking to crash with his London friends for the night. Unfortunately, O Reilly is bringing more than emotional baggage because something a demon, a ghost, an alien? is stalking his every move. O Reilly knows more than he s admitting why else does he immediately pour a line of salt across the doorstep? but is he possessed or just nutters? Uneasiness soon ramps up into sheer fright in a movie that Pax Romano admitted left him surprised and scared witless. Watch it and if you re really brave invite your friends over to join you.

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  • Actors: Giles Alderson
  • Directors: Andrew Cull, Steve Isles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040QYRSG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of the things I enjoyed about this obscure gem is that it avoids much of the formulaic characteristics overused by similar genre films in recent days. Even though within the narrative there clearly *is* a supernatural element at work (established early on, in fact) the film does a good job of twisting it all around by likewise establishing doubt, making the viewer question which reality is occurring: is David delusional, as his friends sort of suspect, or is he, and subsequently them as well, actually being menaced by a sinister entity?

The story unfolds as David arrives unannounced and out of sorts at his friend's apartment house, seeking comfort upon discovering that his longtime girlfriend is cheating on him. If the viewer is following closely, clues are provided suggesting David knows he's being followed by ..something unknown. Ambiguity is used effectively as there are several cryptic, yet essential bits of information the viewer is given at the onset, including erotic photographs of David's girlfriend and her lover that he finds, and the demonic unease that proceeds to overwhelm him.

What might one have to do with the other? Why is David suddenly 'seeing things' that may or may not be brought on by paranoia and psychological breakdown? How did David know to use salt in front of the doors to keep...what exactly(?)...from crossing over? Phantom noises, knocks and rappings begin to manifest, and David exclaims, "not here," indicating that the presence has followed him from his home to theirs.
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The movie slowly builds up. It starts out with a young couple Alex and Kate watching TV. She talks in her sleep, "Don't open it." Alex wakes her and they laugh about it. Then the doorbell rings. It is quarter past it turns out it is their friend David O'Reilly who brings no luggage, but a lot of emotional baggage. His girlfriend Sarah has left him. He had found some photos of her posing on a bed. Who took them? It must be her lover. David and Alex stay up talking. David is very annoying with his cigarette puffs, long pauses, rocking motion, and dowdy appearance. David doesn't want to sleep. He sees glimpses of demons in the corner of his eye. Later the visions become more pronounced as David starts acting more psychotic, having flash backs. Eventually the whole household is in an uproar as David sleep walks and now is carrying around a knife. Soon Alex starts to see glimpses of the creatures that David now sees plainly while Kate still sees nothing. David shows all the signs of a psychotic who just murdered his girlfriend and is dually suffering from sleep deprivation, who has sucked in his friend Alex with the power of suggestion. But is that the case? I watched the whole thing and I still don't know.

I thought the movie was better than Paranormal Activity, but then what wasn't. It is not filmed as a documentary type film, although much of the scenes take place at night and in poorly lit areas. I am not sure what these people did during daylight hours as it they must be living in the part of England that gets only one hour of light a day (similar to vampire films). The acting was better than most with Giles Alderson giving us a convincing performance as David.

No sex. No nudity. This is a great movie to watch in the dark right before bed time.
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"The Possession of David O Reilly" has to be one of the most effective low budget movies I have ever seen. Giles Anderson, director of "Taken" and a few other blockbuster films gives one of the most convincing (and brave) performances from a male actor that one could hope for. If you've ever wondered why films about demonic possession almost always feature young girls as the vulnerable, soon-to-be-possessed vessels of the demonic, this movie is your antidote.

David, a tall and looming young man, shows up at his two friend's houses (Alex and Kate) distressed about recent (perceived? real?) developments in his relationship with a girl named Sarah. He has, apparently, discovered photos of her naked with another man. The couple are sympathetic to him and offer him a room for the night to recover from his romantic fallout. Big mistake.

For reasons that are never made clear to the viewer, David notices a slight sound in his room and says emphatically, "Not here, please." This is the start of either some vicious possession or, most likely, the most convincing nervous breakdown I have ever seen on camera, as David finds himself unable to sleep and is absolutely convinced that he and his friends are under attack from some invisible entity. The power of suggestion (or a real presence?) is enough to make his friend Alex follow his lead in absolute panic, turning off the lights and even allowing David to run amuck with a large butcher knife in his hand. While some of this sounds unrealistic (why don't they subdue and drive him to the nearest psychiatric hospital?) you can actually see it occurring if two people were unprepared for a seemingly normal man to lose his s*** in the scariest way possible. If he never had problems like this before, where is it coming from and why?
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