Brandon Cronenberg and DP Karim Hussain spent 7 years developing Possessor, during which they invented a full library of practical effects and a groundbreaking approach to cinematography.
When it comes to the Cronenbergs, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree—especially if that apple is a prosthetic head, and if it smashes into bloody pieces when it hits the ground. Brandon Cronenberg, David Cronenberg’s son, has continued in his father’s tradition of pioneering sci-fi body-horror. His feature debut, Antiviral, premiered at Cannes in 2012, announcing the younger Cronenberg as an audacious director to watch. Now, 8 years later, Brandon is at Sundance with his sophomore effort, Possessor, in which he considerably ups the ante on gore, violence, psychological chill, and scintillating practical effects. It’s a thrilling descent into body-snatching phantasmagoria, with mind-melding visuals and a masterfully created atmosphere.