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‘Possum’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, Andy Blithe, Charlie Eales, Ryan Enever, Raphel Famotibe, Joe Gallucci, Pamela Cook | Written and Directed by Matthew Holness

“Can you spy him deep within? Little Possum. Black as sin.” That’s just part of the creepy children’s poem that accentuates the sheer bloody terror in Possum, a supremely disturbing British horror flick from writer-director Matthew Holness, creator of Darth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

Based on Holness’ own short story, Possum stars Sean Harris as Philip, a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood home with a suspiciously large leather bag. Inside the bag is Possum, perhaps the scariest puppet ever committed to celluloid. The frankly terrifying poster for the film (google it at your peril) gives some idea of the horror, but the finished article is guaranteed to give you nightmares for weeks.

On the surface, the plot is deceptively simple:
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Blu-ray Review – Possum (2018)

Possum, 2018.

Directed by Matthew Holness

Starring Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, and Andy Blithe


A disgraced children’s puppeteer returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront the troubling memories that have tormented him his entire life.

Anyone expecting any sort of light relief from Matthew Holness’s debut feature will be sorely disappointed. The writer director, best known for his comedic parody work on cult-comedy masterpieces Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace and Man-to-Man with Dean Learner, takes a step into full-on bleakness with Possum, the deeply disturbing story of a man forced to deal with long buried memories.

Focusing on the travails of Philip (Sean Harris), a children’s puppeteer forced to return to his quiet Norfolk childhood home after something awful happened at work, the film is an abstract rumination on suppressed memory and the pain of dealing with abuse. Possum refers to the hideous
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WestEnd Films inks key deals on horror 'The Banishing'; first look (exclusive)

WestEnd Films inks key deals on horror 'The Banishing'; first look (exclusive)
Jessica Brown Findlay stars in project from director Christopher Smith.

Christopher Smith’s upcoming horror The Banishing has sold to multiple key territories for sales outfit WestEnd Films.

The Jokers, who are co-producing the project with WestEnd, has now come onboard to distribute in France, while deals are also done for Germany and Switzerland (Koch Media), Latin America (Leda), Middle East (Ecs), Taiwan (Vie Vision), Malaysia and the Philippines (Suraya), Indonesia (Pt Prima) and Vietnam (Blue Lantern).

Screen can also unveil a first look at Jessica Brown Findlay in the film, which stars her alongside Sean Harris, John Heffernan, and John Lynch.
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Henry Cavill and Alec Baldwin may return for Mission: Impossible sequels

Last week it was reported that Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to reunite with Tom Cruise for two more instalments in the blockbuster spy series, which will be shot back-to-back for release in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

While we can assume that Cruise’s Ethan Hunt will be joined in the cast(s) by his fellow Imf’rs Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), we now have word McQuarrie is considering bringing back two deceased characters.

According to THR, both Alec Baldwin (Alan Hunley) and Henry Cavill (August Walker) are being eyed for potential returns in flashback form, their characters both having failed to make it to the end credits of Fallout. The trade goes on to note however that it is early days, and since both scripts for Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 need to be written,
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Mission: Impossible Accepts Christopher McQuarrie as Director for Two More Movies

David Crow Jan 14, 2019

After saying he wouldn't be back, Christopher McQuarrie has accepted making Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 back-to-back.

“Missions: Accepted,” Christopher McQuarrie tweeted earlier this evening. And like that, somewhere out there, Tom Cruise must have begun running. Yep, after suggesting he would not be back for a third turn in the director’s chair for the Mission: Impossible franchise, writer-director McQuarrie broke the news he’s coming back for not one, but two more Mission: Impossible movies.

The Monday evening shock that McQuarrie is steeping behind the camera again is welcome news for both Paramount Pictures and fans of their everlasting espionage franchise. Mission: Impossible – Fallout marked the first time a director reprised his role in a franchise that was previously notorious for changing filmmakers and aesthetics with every installment. Yet with 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, McQuarrie left a creative stamp of energy on the already popular franchise,
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Possum Coming to DVD on February 12th from Dark Sky Films

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If you missed Matthew Holness' Possum last year (and word on the horror street is that it was one of the creepier releases of 2018), then you may want to circle February 12th on your calendar, because that is when Possum will be released on DVD from Dark Sky Films.

Press Release: A man trying to escape his past finds his past continually chasing him down in Possum, a chilling new horror film featuring a "quiet storm" of a lead performance by Mission: Impossible's Sean Harris. The film arrives on DVD from Dark Sky Films on February 12, 2019.

Philip, a disgraced children's puppeteer, returns to his dilapidated childhood home and lecherous stepfather, Maurice. Philip is intent on destroying "Possum,"a hideously malformed spider-puppet he carries with him in a brown leather case. Unfortunately, and horrifically, Possum refuses to be abandoned.

Philip's mind is flooded with painful half-memories and nightmarish visions,
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Dark Sky’s Creepy ‘Possum’ Crawls to DVD

Dark Sky’s Creepy ‘Possum’ Crawls to DVD
Already on VOD platforms, Dark Sky Films is brining the UK horror film Possum (read our review) which stars Sean Harris of Prometheus fame, to DVD on February 12, 2019. In the film written and directed by Matthew Holness, creator of the comedy series “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace”: The story is about a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood home and […]
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Rupert’s Ten Best: Films of 2018

It’s that time of year again. Let’s not pretend we don’t all love ranking things.

Honourable mentions go to A Quiet Place, which made no sense but offered a truly unique cinema experience; Sicario 2, which, against the odds, turned out to be better than the original; the very pleasant surprise that was Bohemian Rhapsody; Ralph Breaks the Internet, particularly its scary, weirdly affecting, self-reflexive final act; and Ready Player One, where Steven Spielberg turned Ernest Cline’s flimsy whimsy into a joyous pop culture treasure trove.

And now the top ten, in no particular order. It turns out that it was a very good year for horror…

The House That Jack Built

Both a must-watch yet virtually unwatchable, Lars Von Trier’s most uncompromising film to date (quite an accolade) is the story of a self-justifying, self-aggrandising, woman-hating serial killer nicknamed “Mr Sophistication”, played with chilly brilliance by Matt Dillon.
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The Top 20 Horror Movies Of 2018: New Nightmares To Old Legends (Part I)

Despite horror’s thematic binding to society’s most current fears – this a year of parental devastation and horrors inside family units – my twenty favorite genre titles from 2018 still revel in variety: arachnid puppets, Nazi experiments, zombie musicals alike. Such morbid creativity would stick out like a sore severed thumb any other year, but today? You could drown out aforementioned absurdity with Nicolas Cage’s descent into occult revenge madness alone.

As I said, it’s been a wild year for horror – a damn fine one at that.

My ranking comes after killing many darlings, given my final tally of 118 seen horror films this year. Dig deeper, past these listed twenty, and you’ll still find plenty of gold worth mining. The following treasures just shine a little brighter and demand more attention. Feature debuts, streaming darlings, mainstream nightmares, all the works. It’s time for another end of year horror countdown,
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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley | Written and Directed by Christopher McQuarrie

[Note: With Mission: Impossible - Fallout now on DVD and Blu-ray, here's a reposting of our review from the films cinematic release]

The Mission: Impossible franchise returns after a three-year absence from Ethan Hunts last escapade in cinemas with the highly profitable predecessor Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation released in 2015. Continuing directly on from Rogue Nation, a series first, (though the series has maintained a coherent thread throughout the films since the closing scenes of Mission: Impossible 3 back in 2006) brings a series of interconnected variables that were key to its success and who have returned to the fold in this sequel – director Christopher McQuarrie, supporting cast member Rebbeca Ferguson as Ilsa Fraust, and Sean Harris playing the villainous role of Solomon Lane. The trio
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'Smallfoot' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Operation Finale Mission: Impossible—Fallout The Happytime Murders (action-comedy; Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks, Bill Barretta, Leslie David Baker, Jimmy O. Yang, Mitch Silpa; rated R) The...
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Review: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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When it ran on CBS, Mission: Impossible had zero internal continuity. Missions came and went, agents were tortured, battered, and bruised and the next week they’d be hale and hardy, ready for the next assignment.

Since the film franchise began in 1996, the movies have gone in the opposite direction with film to film connectivity, just enough to show the films have consequence but work on their own so you don’t need one of Dk Publishing’s patented guidebooks to understand what’s happening.

You’d almost think there was some grand plan and strategy ala Marvel for these films since everything builds to a head in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, out today on disc from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Recently, the first film, from director Brian DePalma has been making the rounds on cable and I was reminded of how much larger and richer the cast of agents were. Since then,
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Win movie merchandise with Possum

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To mark the release of the film Possum now playing in select cinemas nationwide and on demand, we have a limited edition signed poster, official cd soundtrack, t-shirt and book featuring the original short story. To find out where you can watch Possum, visit

Possum is the debut feature film from writer/director Matthew Holness, co-creator and writer/star of the cult TV series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Starring Sean Harris and Alun Armstrong, Possum is a distinctive psychological thriller which pays homage to the British horror films of the 70s. The film’s unique and stylish exploration of a man’s isolation and abandonment is accompanied by a compelling soundtrack from the legendary electronic BBC music studio The Radiophonic Workshop. The film is based on the short story Possum written by Matthew Holness and published in ‘The New Uncanny’ anthology.

The story follows disgraced children
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Critically Acclaimed Possum Directed by Matthew Holness in Theaters + Digital 11/2

Dark Sky Films Proudly Announces ‘Possum’ The Highly Anticipated Directorial Debut of Matthew Holness From the producers of The Survivalist and I Am Not a Serial Killer In Theaters And On Digital Platforms November 2, 2018 A disgraced children’s puppeteer returns to his dilapidated childhood home and lecherous stepfather …

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Film Review: ‘Possum’

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Film Review: ‘Possum’
Though it originally ran for just six episodes in 2004, the U.K. TV series “Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace” — an inspired spoof of supernatural anthology shows, among other things — has acquired a still-growing cult following. Its principal collaborators have all forged interesting careers since, with two recently making their feature writing-directing debuts. Released last year, cast member Alice Lowe’s “Prevenge” was a macabre piece about a unbalanced woman who starts believing her unborn child is ordering her to kill. “Darkplace” co-creator/star Matthew Holness’ new “Possum” is also about madness, being a psychological horror in which nearly all the terrors (both seen and unseen) may simply be figments of a severely withdrawn protagonist’s haunted imagination.

In script terms, Holness straddles the line between “minimalist” and “underdeveloped.” There are times when it feels like “Possum” (named after a creepy children’s rhyme much recited here) would have had its slender
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Watch Exclusive, Tense Possum Clip: Sean Harris and His Puppet

Sean Harris first grabbed me when he gave life to the tragic figure that was Joy Division's Ian Curtis in 24 Hour Party People, and then a little later in Billy O'Brien's Isolation and then I luxuriated in his cunning role in the small-screen series The Borgias. He has always struck me as an actor who gives himself over the the characters he portrays, bringing instant menace when that's required, as in the two latest Mission: Impossible blockbusters. Though I haven't seen Possum yet, he quickly conveys his character's very, er, distinctive traits in our exclusive clip. The directorial debut of Matthew Holness, who also wrote the original screenplay, Possum tells the tale of "a disgraced children's puppeteer [who] must confront his sinister stepfather and...

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Movie Review – Possum (2018)

Possum. 2018.

Directed by Matthew Holness.

Starring Sean Harris and Alun Armstrong.


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.

Matthew Holness, the UK mastermind behind cult favorite Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, ushers us into a parallel reality of unsettling weirdness in Possum. Arachnid Mother Goose tales, Amber alerts, undefined candy jars – there’s nothing typical about this psychological horror meltdown. Smacks of Jim Hosking quirkiness (The Greasy Strangler/An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn) are butchered and separated as Holness opts to savor the trimmed meatiness of anthropomorphic nightmares. “Little Possum, black as sin.” A beckoning limerick that ushers forth this dreadful-as-fuck crossover between Roald Dahl and Mr. Rogers with existential artistry torn from Samara’s The Ring cassette.

Sean Harris stars as Philip, a disgraced children’s puppeteer who
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November 2018 VOD & Digital Releases Include The Nun, Searching, The Predator, The House With A Clock In Its Walls

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Happy Halloween, everyone! While I know it’s a bittersweet feeling that our favorite holiday is finally upon us, that doesn’t mean we have to bid the horror genre farewell any time soon. In fact, there are a ton of great genre films hitting VOD and a variety of digital platforms throughout the month of November, which should help with the sting of it no longer officially being the spooky season.

November’s digital releases kick off on Friday with Possum, Welcome to Mercy, and Monster Party, and then just a few days later, get ready for Death House, Kin, The Heretics, Beyond the Sky, and Blood, Sweat and Terrors on November 6th. One week later, the cyber thriller Searching hits various platforms (and is definitely worth a watch), and there are a few more titles making their digital debuts that day as well: Blue My Mind, Lasso, and Bloody Ballet.
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Jessica Brown Findlay, Sean Harris to lead horror 'The Banishing' for WestEnd (exclusive)

Jessica Brown Findlay, Sean Harris to lead horror 'The Banishing' for WestEnd (exclusive)
Christopher Smith directing 1930s-set genre film.

Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) will lead the cast of director Christopher Smith’s horror The Banishing.

WestEnd Films is producing the project and handling sales at Afm. Principal photography will begin on November 5 in the UK.

Set in the 1930s, The Banishing tells the story of a young reverend and his wife (Jessica Brown Findlay) and daughter who move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend is forced to confront his beliefs.
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Exclusive ‘Possum’ Clip Foreshadows Something Creepy and Crawly

Exclusive ‘Possum’ Clip Foreshadows Something Creepy and Crawly
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive clip from the UK horror film Possum (read our review) which stars Sean Harris of Prometheus fame. The film is written and directed by Matthew Holness, creator of the comedy series “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace”, and will release on VOD November 2, 2018, via Dark Sky Films. The story is about a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood […]
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