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Old 23rd June 2010, 12:24 PM
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Default Possession (1981)



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Banned alongside Cannibal Holocaust et al in the early 80s, Andrzej Zulawski's harrowing POSSESSION is a perfect example of Genre film tropes crashing headlong into the Arthouse.

Here's a review I wrote a few years back...

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Old 23rd June 2010, 01:20 PM
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great review sam, i love this film the first time i watched it i was 13 along with the holy mountain i think and it freaked me out so much but i enjoyed it a lot more when i was older and could understand it same with holy mountain
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Old 23rd June 2010, 01:27 PM
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At that age you can take in the images and be wowed by the strangeness but any subtext is probably lost. Company of Wolves was like that for me. I watched it on video aged 13 or 14 then saw it as an adult and copped all the sexual undertones and folklore references.
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Old 23rd June 2010, 01:30 PM
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yep exactly! i did it with quite a few films as we had a great video shop with a awesome world cinema section and loads of other obscure films too, i probs watch most too early to fully enjoy them but i remembered most for when i got older
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Old 23rd June 2010, 01:58 PM
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When you watch odd cinema at a young age I think it must rewire the brain.
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Old 23rd June 2010, 02:16 PM
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well that explains things now
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Old 23rd June 2010, 07:49 PM
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Never seen this,but I've just ordered it from someone,so I'll read your review once I've watched it Sam.

If done correctly,arthouse can blend with most genres to great effect.
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If ever there was a cold, steely masterpiece that I would like to see released on Blu-Ray, then this is it.
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This is one of my favourite films from the 1980s, which I still need to pick up on DVD. I, too first saw it at quite a young age and was impressed with many of the startling visuals. Essential viewing imo.
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I've got this to watch tonight, so will pass on my views at some point.
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