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Monday, November 22, 2010

[4.00/10] The Possession of David O'Reilly (2010)

The Possession of David O'Reilly (2010)

"The Possession of David O'Reilly" is a low-budget UK horror flick, that unfolds around 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, because he reckons something like a demon is stalking his every move. But is he really possessed or just nuts? "The Possession of David O'Reilly" is yet another 'shocker' wannabe, that claims to be based on real events, but there aren't any evidences for that. Furthermore, the film is not shot in the popular moc-doc style, which makes it even less believable. The first half is kinda interesting, and it has some pretty tense moments, mostly coming from main character's disturbing behavior and the creepy appearence of the horrific creatures. Sadly, after a decent first half, "The Possession of David O'Reilly" turns into a chaotic mess, and it makes less and less sense as it progresses. Plus, its confusing final part and anti-climatic ending let this film down even more. Acting-wise, this film is passable. Giles Alderson gives an and over-the-top neurotic performance as the title character, who successfully spreads fear and panic among his two friends. Francesca Fowler and Zoe Richards as the confused and terrified young couple do an okay job in portraying their characters. Visually and technically, "The Possession of David O'Reilly" is a lackluster though. The low budget is obvious, as the whole movie is shot in a 3-rooms flat and it feels very limited in terms of settings. The lightning is horrible, especially during dark scenes, and at times it makes it a little difficult to see what's happening on screen. On a positive note, the practical creature effects and make-up effects are surprisingly good, accompanied with some sinister sound effects. Potentially good and occasionally intense, yet lacking in execution and believability, "The Possession of David O'Reilly" is a below average UK horror flick, that fails to provide enough scares and suspense, despite a promising premise and some creepy imagery.


Jaccstev said...

Sounds like another crap in exorcism movie business. Passed this one and better wait for The Rite :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

David O'Reilly is not exactly possessed, but rather haunted, so the film has nothing to do with exorcism.

Can't wait for "The Rite" either! :)