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Playing Possum: Matthew Holness's Other Dark Places
Mat Colegate , October 26th, 2018 09:46

Mat Colegate interviews Matthew Holness about his film debut Possum, out this weekend. Learn about how Holness was introduced to the world of horror fiction, the funniness of failure, and then click through to hear Holness talk about his favourite examples of the genre


Robert Louis Stevenson – The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mister Hyde
Another case of going back to the original and realising that it's not quite how culture will have you remember it. In that you don't really see much of anything about the transformation, except at the end and that's the plot reveal. The mood it creates and the atmosphere up until where you figure out what's going on is so creepy. It has a very uneasy feeling.

It’s interesting that Stevenson was writing a lot about that idea of the mind turning in on itself. You read the book and it makes you feel very paranoid. It has a way of really tapping into your subconscious and making you question yourself. It's a very uncomfortable read and so subtly done. Again that was also an influence on Possum because it has a character who we don't know whether they're good or bad and we've got to find out as the film goes on. It was important for me to have that element in there to make a story about someone that isn’t necessarily the nice guy.