Parents' Guide to

Caveat

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Creepy horror has themes of murder and psychosis; language.

Movie NR 2021 88 minutes
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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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