Little known horror rated 90% on Rotten Tomatoes called genuinely disturbing

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Little known horror rated 90% on Rotten Tomatoes called genuinely disturbing

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A lesser-known psychological horror with a 90 percent Rotten Tomatoes score is starting to cause quite the stir on social media.

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If you're silly enough to watch a horror film, then quite frankly, you deserve the nightmares which creep into your dreams as you crawl into bed and turn out the lights later that evening.

But if you're silly enough not just to watch a horror film, but one which features spiders - oh and if that wasn't bad enough, puppets too - then I give up entirely and you deserve the bogeyman to come find you.

A horror which not many have heard of is stealthily scuttling its way onto people's radars, resulting in viewers fleeing to social media in horror.

If you don't like spiders or puppets, turn away now. Credit: Dark Sky Films
If you don't like spiders or puppets, turn away now. Credit: Dark Sky Films

Just like how disgraced puppeteer Philip (Sean Harris) can't escape the scuttling maisonette spider, no social media site has gone unvisited by viewers haunted after watching 2018 release Possum.

The official synopsis to the British psychological horror reads: "A disgraced children’s puppeteer must confront his sinister stepfather and a hideous puppet he keeps hidden in a brown leather bag in order to escape the dark horrors of his past."

Indeed, the torture continues with the viewers of the movie, with one running to Twitter to write: "I watched the movie POSSUM today, it’s the first film I’ve seen that’s genuinely disturbed me so had to scribble the main man himself, purely so he won’t haunt my dreams tonight.."

One viewer drew an image of the spider puppet to try and get it out of their mind. Credit: @zoethorogood/ Twitter
One viewer drew an image of the spider puppet to try and get it out of their mind. Credit: @zoethorogood/ Twitter

Another viewer fled to Reddit to comment on the 'truly disturbing' movie.

Noting how the film looks 'lost' as opposed to 'modern' as a result of being shot with '70s/80s Kodak film stock,' the viewer admitted 'it really got to' them.

"I didn't take my eyes off the film. [...] Possum is set in the dirty little corners of a town ; the locations are brilliant - forgotten, broken, abandoned," they continued. "The film it most closely resembles is Spider, although there is a much clearer plot. Its not for everyone as what it deals with is truly horrific but it uses 'horror' to deal with horror."

A Rotten Tomatoes review - on the site of which the film received a 90 percent critic score and 52 percent audience score - from 2021 reads: "What a film. I was hooked from frame one and then descended through all of the dark labyrinths our main character had to navigate through. Imagery and symbolism to the hilt combined with a fantastically eerie score, all culminating in an expected and well-deserved vengeful climax. This is sure to reach cult film status in the future."

While it has yet to gain widespread recognition, the hype and terror Possum has been eliciting online could result in the Rotten Tomatoes reviewer's prediction soon coming true.

Topics: Film & TV, Twitter, Social Media, Film and TV, Horror, Reddit, Viral

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