By MICHAEL GINGOLD
It’s the feature debut of award-winning short filmmaker Damian McCarthy.
Shudder has revealed that it will give CAVEAT its exclusive premiere June 3 in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. McCarthy wrote, directed and edited the film, which stars Jonathan French, Leila Sykes, Ben Caplan and Conor Dwane. The synopsis: “Lone drifter Isaac [French] accepts a job to look after his landlord’s niece, Olga [Sykes], for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there’s a catch: He must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms. Once Olga’s uncle, Barrett [Caplan] leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behavior as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house. With slow-building tension, CAVEAT balances creepy interiors with the beauty of Cork’s countryside to stunning visual effect. Playing out like a thoughtful, long-lost ’80s chiller, CAVEAT leads the audience on a path of twist and turns to an unforgettable resolution.”