Dante’s review published on Letterboxd:
If and when the world returns to any semblance of normalcy and we once again are able partake in the time honoured tradition of going to the pictures then it’s with every ounce of my being that I am going to go and see this. I’m glad that I saw this movie, but it almost feels like a waste that I had to experience this movie for the first time by watching a screener (sorry!) on my laptop as opposed to experiencing it in a dark room.
Can’t imagine that any director particularly enjoys being compared to their father but it’s rather inevitable so I’m going to say that in terms of Cronenberg films, this feels closest to Existenz and Scanners. It’s definitely more closely aligned with science fiction then it is with horror - although you could feasibly say that it fits neatly into both genres. The body horror never does get quite as excessive as it does for Cronenberg Sr, but there’s more then enough stylish violence to carry the film along.
I really love the cinematography here - the sleek look of Antiviral is kind of present but with a much wider variety of colours. Rather then the cold, sterile, medicinal feel of Antiviral, Possessor takes on an entirely different - but equally unsettling - approach which I can’t quite describe.
I’m not entirely sure how to feel about the ending but the film does very much feel satisfying even if it doesn’t answer 100% of the questions that it presents. A lot of the time it feels more like a spectacle then anything else, but honestly? It’s allowed to be. I love watching the insane amounts of blood pour out of people’s stomachs which I think should be enough for a movie if it’s cool enough.