Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Possessor Uncut

Digital Release Date: Available now, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 8, 2020
Price: DVD $14.99, Blu-ray $17.99, 4K HD/Blu-ray Combo $27.99
Studio: Well Go USA

Check out Irv’s review of Possessor Uncut, which originally ran on Oct. 2:

An eerie dystopian-like world. Check!
Disturbing body horror. Check!
Suspicious corporations. Check!
Toronto as a setting. Check!
Gore galore. Check!
Jennifer Jason Leigh. Check!

You are now entering the cinematic world of Cronenberg—Brandon Cronenberg that is. He’s the 40-year-old son of David Cronenberg, the revered Canadian filmmaker behind The FlyDead Ringers and Scanners. To invoke the old saying “like father, like son” here would simply be an understatement.

Possessor Uncut, Brandon’s sophomore effort following the 2012’s similarly disconcerting Antiviral, stars Andrea Riseborough (Nocturnal Animals) as Tasya Vos, a New Age assassin who accomplishes her daring assignments by entering people’s bodies through an imposing, new-fangled yet primitive brain-implant technique.  Giving Vos her orders is Girder (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Annihilation), a no-nonsense manager at the mysterious murder-for-hire company.

Tasya, who wants to get out of the emotionally and physically occupation, is given a new assignment: Enter the body of Colin (Christopher Abbott, TV’s Girls) and have him take out his future father-in-law (Sean Bean, The Martian), the powerful CEO of a data-mining company, so Tasya’s client can gain control of the business.

Possessor features some strikingly repulsive images that may force viewers to turn away. At the same time, however, it’s sharp and intelligent, and doesn’t shy away from examining a futuristic “Big Brother”-like society (although the film is actually set in an alternate version of 2008!), identity issues and corporate treachery. But like 1999’s Existenz, his father’s film (that featured Leigh as a virtual reality game designer and real-life “pod” person (and 1983’s Videodrome , another of Daddy’s twisted techno/skin enterprises), Possessor becomes a bit muddled at times as it tries to take on some seriously heady issues while satisfying the extreme horror crowd.

The film received a strong response at Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals, and Cronenberg family followers have been anxiously awaiting its release, a homecoming of sorts for those unafraid to attend.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.