POSSESSOR takes us on a dark, hallucinatory ride within a secret organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.
This is Brandon Cronenberg’s first film in 8 years, after the incredible ANTIVIRAL (2012).
POSSESSOR feels like the ultimate homage to his father David’s entire back catalogue and a true love letter to many of his fathers films. POSSESSOR obsessively riffs on and steals from SCANNERS, VIDEODROME, EXISTENZ and THE DEAD ZONE.
Taking the premise further that his father, Brandon takes the psychic powers harnessed by psychotropics theme and runs with it.The dangers of psychic ability gone array just touching the surface.
Andrea Riseborough once again delivers an astonishing performance and firmly established herself as the Queen of Psychotronic Horror, following her dynamic roles as both MANDY and NANCY (2018).
There is an obsession with not only his fathers work but early ’80s VR/Telekenesis theories explored in the likes of BRAINSTORM (Douglas Trumbull/1983); Researchers develop a system where they can jump into people’s minds and DREAMSCAPE (Joseph Ruben/1984); a government agency experiments with the use of dream-sharing technology.