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, is he possessed or just paranoid? Uneasiness soon ramps up into sheer fright in 2010’s “The Possession of David O’Reilly”.
From its beautiful camera and lighting work, to its hectic and tension inducing pace, and truly disturbing creature effects, I walked away from “The Possession of David O’Reilly” blown away and dying to see what directors Andrew Cull and Steve Isles come up with next after a flawless debut into the horror genre.
I’m a big fan of camera work, and this flick featured some really fascinating scene transitions and great uses of POV shots from the eyes of David blend it with gorgeous use of light and darkness and you have yourself a recipe for a genuinely spine-chilling cinema experience. If you are a fan who thought “Paranormal Activity” sounded interesting on paper but was not impressed once you saw it this may very well be the flick that you are looking for. While it’s not a straight up found footage flick it does put off a “Blair Witch” vibe due to all the extremely dark scenes and some surveillance camera point of view scenes, so if you enjoy those type of films you should unquestionably give “The Possession Of David O’Reilly a chance. The camera work also reminded me of one of my favorite films by Dario Argento called “Sleepless” due to similar fast and hectic camera shots during scenes where they are running from one area to another.
The monsters in this movie really sold me early on giving me flashbacks of cenobites and what the “Silent Hill” film could have been. The way they moved and how unique each looked, really made me miss the days of creature features in a generation where mostly slashers and paranormal stories have taken over. As mentioned above if the crew behind this movie would have been given the reins to “Silent Hill” it could have been one hell of accurate ride and fans of the creatures of that game series will find themselves right at home once the demons of “The Possession of David O’Reilly” make their appearance.
I really liked the pace of the film as well, it starts off slow and easy to follow during the building of its characters development making sure you care about David and feel for his situation. Then once the action begins it becomes a frantic and stress inducing ride that authentically kept my eyes glued to the screen at all times trying my best to not blink in fear of missing some sudden occurrence.
One of my biggest complaints with the horror genre is the overwhelming need many directors feel to end their films on a high note and often involving a couple who over come incredible odds. The dark and very unhappy ending of “The Possession of David O’Reilly” was a much welcomed change of pace, and anyone who is sick of romantic happy warm and fuzzy endings will walk away from this with a sinister smile across their face.
On behalf of The Liberal Dead I give “The Possession of David O’Reilly” a well deserved 8 of 10, and once again present to you further proof that 2010 has been one hell of a year for first time and indie directed horror.
P.S. Looks like we don’t need you anymore Hollywood, perhaps you better start improving your genre game and stop spoon feeding us rehashed bullshit and never ending remakes.