Possession of David O'reilly
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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.
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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I'm going to give it one extra point for the acting which was fairly good and the camera work which gave it almost a documentary feel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeffrey Tolbert
Watched this based on the reviews. Major disagreement. Bad movie. Why the hell didn't they just call the police? Leave two nights earlier when David was acting batsh*t crazy? Read morePublished 7 months ago by TwoCentsTomlinson
This movie is HUGELY underrated. I don't even blink when I see scary movies, and this one left me unnerved. I've seen it 3 times now!Published 10 months ago by Sarah Wreisner
Excellent movie. Great concept and different take on a simple idea. Highly recommended to movie buffs that enjoy a scary/make you think-kind of movie.Published 12 months ago by Danny
I really like this movie because it is absolutely unique in its story telling, granted it is a "found footage" style horror film, but this aside it is absolutely original. Read morePublished 16 months ago by G. Ridgeway
Not a very good movie. It as nothing to do about demonPublished 23 months ago by Jean-francois lainesse