The Torment (2010) (aka: The Possession of David O'Reilly) Giles Anderson Movie Review

The Torment (2010)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Giles Anderson in The Torment (2010)

In the Corner of Your Eye

When their friend David (Giles Anderson) arrives at their home late at night Alex (Nicholas Shaw) and Kate (Zoe Richards) let him in as he has discovered his girlfriend has been cheating on him and he is struggling to deal with it. After Alex calls it a night come three in the morning leaving David to bunk down in their living room but as he tries to clear his mind he becomes spooked by something which grabs his attention in the corner of his eye, a horror which he has seen before.

In "The Torment" or "The Possession of David O'Reilly" as it is also known there is a scene where David arrives at the home of Alex and Kate, it is a scene which starts well with Alex hesitantly going to the door as it is late at night but then it flubs it with a poor piece of horror as it tries to spook you with something. The daft thing is that then what follows is briefly brilliant as David follows Alex in to another room and suddenly we are left in the hall and the camera as it slowly looks around the hallway becomes a first person point of view. It is such a simple but clever scene but sadly about the only scene I will remember "The Torment" for.

You see "The Torment" is a low budget movie which is all about David and the monster he sees lurking in rooms, those things which move and grab your attention when you spot them in the corner of his eye. Nothing wrong with that with the exception that there isn't enough story to last 87 minutes and so "The Torment" is slow going and a real struggle to get in to as it fills the first half with nothing of interest. Oh it has some good moments, the first time we see the monster which David sees is quite impressive but it is just a brief scene and by no means enough for me to tell you that you have to watch "The Torment".

What his all boils down to is that "The Torment" is the sort of movie that I imagine might interest young film makers who have gone through film school and are trying to make it in the industry. But for audiences seeking to be entertained this comes up short of the mark.