As usual, I’m having way too much fun writing about horror and, also as usual, I’ve gotten carried away: the second half of Evilspeak will have to wait until tomorrow. Brevity–I need to learn it. In the meantime, MB and I watched Caveat on Shudder, an absolute mindfuck combo of psychological horror and maybe/maybe not paranormal happenings, as well. I won’t even attempt to analyze it without at least a second or fifth viewing because it’s just one of those murky kind of movies where a single viewing simply isn’t enough. Until then, I’ll practice some brevity and limit myself to this simple synopsis: shady Barrett (those sideburns alone are suspect) offers amnesiac Isaac a job: babysit his mentally ill niece, Olga, for five days. According to Barrett, he is worried about Olga, who is still traumatized by her father’s suicide and living alone in a decrepit, isolated house…and he’ll pay Isaac two hundred pounds per day for his trouble. Seems simple enough. Too simple.
Of course, there is a catch i.e. a caveat: the house is located on a small remote island…and Isaac has to wear a locked leather harness attached to chain, which will limit his movements to two rooms. I know, I know–you have to suspend some disbelief. I was able to by assuming that after a year-long stint recovering from a nasty head trauma and consequential amnesia that Isaac is desperate for money. Once there, Isaac uncovers horror after horror, slowly triggering dark memories buried deep beneath the surface.
Again, I need to re-watch it–perhaps multiple times, especially the WTF ending–before I can do the film justice. In the meantime, go check it out, if for no other reason than to see the most deranged Peter Cottontail ever.
Streaming exclusively on Shudder.