Review by Monique Thompson
A young woman returns home to care for her gravely ill grandmother, only to begin sleepwalking, envisioning spirits and uncovering dark secrets in her family’s past.
THE CARETAKER is an indie-horror film that’s pretty darn creepy! Elderly and gravely ill Birdie, runs off her caretaker, leaving her grand-daughter with the burden of caring for her. Once her grand-daughter (Mallorie) arrives along with her boyfriend August, things begin to take a turn for the worse, and not necessarily speaking in terms of Birdie’s health.
On their first night in Birdie’s Victorian home, Mallorie starts envisioning a young child as she sleepwalks. Little does she know, her grandma Birdie is in the other room summoning up old spirits that only cause things to get more weird. The spirit from Birdie’s past continues to haunt Mallorie, prompting the August to demand hiring a proper caretaker to take over. Their effort goes unresolved, leaving Mallorie and August with only one option: find out what the spirit wants before it overtakes their sanity.
I was very shocked at how scary this THE CARETAKER turned out. Indie films can be hit or miss in terms of the terror factor but this has it. Not to mention the story line is great and the acting is excellent. Meegan Warner (Mallorie) and Sean Martini (August) both pull off solid performances and make a great duo. The clarity of the picture is also very sharp and crisp, leaving even the darkest of scenes visible. A true standout goes to Birdie, played by Sondra Blake. Her creep factor far exceeded expectation as she just naturally has this intense chill about her.
THE CARETAKER hits VOD on September 30th and is certainly a treat.
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