Andrzej Zulawski’s 1981 erotic horror riddle box is about a British man, his French wife, and the telepathic, tentacled creature living in their Berlin flat. Though the band loves the film for culling stomach-churning emotional resonance from a non-linear structure, there are also similarities between Isabelle Adjani’s feral screams in the infamous possession scene and guttural howls Avey Tare uses to punctuate many of AnCo’s songs. The film also boasts a phenomenal synth-tinged score courtesy of Andrzej Korzynski, whose work fits nicely next to the more tense moments of Goblin, John Carpenter, and Tangerine Dream.
Geologist: When I watch that movie I just feels like someone is squeezing my guts or something the entire time. I just felt emotionally so ripped apart after that movie and I didn’t fully understand it, which I think is where I draw inspiration from. It’s something where you don’t necessarily have to understand a linear plot or understand all the symbolism for something to have a really intense emotional effect on you. I might be worried about how relatable something we’re doing is, but I can sort of be like, ‘Well, you know what? Whether I think people will get it or not, I feel like it can at least produce this emotional response.’ Because I fully don’t get Possession. I know there’s a lot of shit in there about doppelgangers and fidelity and I don’t even try to process it. It doesn’t matter.