A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages. Characters deceive, manipulate, and exploit each other, usually for personal gain.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models truly exist in the movie. Isaac, who suffers from memory loss, agrees to "babysit" Barret's niece, Olga, purely for the money. As his memory starts to return to him, Isaac begins to show something of a conscience. Olga is initially portrayed as being vulnerable and suffering from psychological issues. Barret is a manipulative and self-serving man, who takes advantage of people, using people's own psychosis and mental disorders as a weapon against them.
Violence & Scariness
Some violence and an overall creepy and perilous atmosphere throughout. A character proudly wields a crossbow, and isn't afraid to use it. Arrows are seen in character's legs and back. Some bloodshed and there are sightings of a corpse with an arrow lodged in the body. References to suicide and the death of a parent. Descriptions of unsettling murders that characters committed in their past. Some scares -- voices are heard through walls -- with supernatural elements included. A creepy rabbit toy is unsettling. Character suffers a nose bleed.
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Occasional use of the word "f--k" and one use of the word "s--t." One character threatens and intimidates a vulnerable younger character.
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Character accepts a job purely for the money, but soon lives to regret their decision.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Caveat is a scary and unsettling horror, with some violence and occasional strong language. It features little to nothing by way of positive messages, nor role models, as the viewer is placed within a murky world, inhabited by very few characters. One character, Barret (Ben Caplan), is a manipulative, self-serving man who exploits vulnerable and unstable people. He uses things like grief, and memory loss against them. Isaac (Jonathan French) is hired by Barret to look after his niece, Olga (Leila Sykes), the "caveat" being that Isaac will be chained to her. Olga uses a crossbow, with arrows seen lodged in people's bodies and there is some bloodshed. There is a regular sighting of a corpse, which could frighten some viewers, along with a creepy rabbit toy. The film has supernatural tendencies and scary sequences, with intense production and sound design. There are references to a parent killing themselves, and the unraveling of a story that features a disturbing murder. The language is strong but very infrequent, with occasional use of the word "f--k." There is also an uncomfortable sequence when a man intimidates a younger, vulnerable woman. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This debut feature film from writer and director Damian Mc Carthy is a claustrophobic, harrowing, and unsettling horror. Thanks to a really impressive production design, Caveat makes for a creepy immersive experience. So much so you can almost smell the grimy house the story plays out in. The performances impress too, with French in particular turning in a strong display. His character, Isaac, is not just fighting against other characters seeking to bring him down, but his own inner demons, and French carries all of these complexities in an assured manner.
The character development is a little lacking though, and while Mc Carthy strives to be unique and stray away from genre conventions, it does fall into some familiar trappings as we reach the closing act. So while the movie thrives in its atmosphere, and the way it looks and feels, it does let itself down with a lackluster story. That said, this creepy, disquieting film is one that is good enough to recommend. Though unlikely to ever be one you'd want to sit through again. And the less said about the terrifying rag doll bunny playing the drums, the better. Not if you want to sleep tonight.
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