Saw British indie horror ‘Possum’ yesterday.
It’s written and directed by Matthew Holness, who is most famous for creating Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place - probably one of my favourite shows of all time. It’s about a hack horror writer who wrote and starred in a TV show back in the 80s called Dark Place which was basically about a bunch of doctors working in a haunted hospital battling supernatural forces. It’s more of a comedy obviously, with Garth Marenghi believing he created something on great artisitic merit but in actuality was basically sub par 80s Doctor Who. It was brilliant. If you haven’t seen it, I’d thoroughly recommend. I’d imagine a lot of Waypointers are pretty clued up about it though.
So… Possum by contrast is much darker, much bleaker and definitely a horror with some really nightmarish visuals. It’s about a pedophile (played by Sean Harris) who carries around this bag containing this spidery puppet which I guess is supposed to represent his darker self or his darker urges that he tries vainly to suppress.
It won’t be for everyone, there’s a lot of German expressionist styled horror. It obviously deals with some very dark and difficult subjects. But rather than just villify this character who has definitely done some bad stuff, it does show his inner conflict, a history of abuse, not to mention his own dismal solitary reality and his battle with his demons.
It’s kind of bizarre when you think how some of the people involved with Dark Place went into horror. Holness obviously has a fondness and deep understanding of the genre. Alice Lowe (who played Liz) wrote and directed Prevenge last year - a movie about a pregnant mother who is compelled to kill by the foetus developing within her. Matt Berry has also done some surreal comedy most notably through Snuff box that definitely had a horror dimension to it.