After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children’s puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life. He’s also desperately trying to get rid of the creepy half-spider/half-weird-ass-mannequin-head puppet to which he seems almost supernaturally attached.
A disturbing mind-fuck of a film that aims to get deep under your skin, this directorial debut from British actor Matthew Holness (best known for creating the cult hit series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) keeps a deliberately slow pace, but has some bone-chilling surprises in store.
Possum stars Sean Harris (a regular of the Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible series as well as films like Prometheus and ’71), who gives an impressive performance as a tortured soul trapped in waking nightmare of repressed trauma. Critics have also responded positively to the film, which seems destined for eventual cult status. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a serious and dark journey into the labyrinths of cruelty and abuse.” SciFi Now said that “part of its slow burn terror is just how dangerously unpredictable the whole thing feels.” And Starburst said “It strikes the nerve between horror and emotion, between wanting to cry and wanting to scream.”