Shudder, the premium streaming service for horror, thrillers, and the supernatural, has unveiled the key art and trailer for Damian Mc Carthy’s feature debut, the unnerving cat and mouse thriller CAVEAT, which you can check out below! Filmed in Cork, Ireland, CAVEAT is Mc Carthy’s feature debut following a string of successful short horror films.
Lone drifter Isaac (Jonathan French, The Secret Box) accepts a job to look after his landlord’s niece, Olga (Leila Sykes, Lancaster Skies), 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 (Ben Caplan, “Call The Midwife”) 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, the film leads the audience on a path of twist and turns to an unforgettable resolution.
The film was produced by Justin Hyne of HyneSight Films, and cinematography by Kieran Fitzgerald. The film’s music was composed by Richard G. Mitchell. Mc Carthy served as the film’s editor.
CAVEAT arrives on Shudder in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on June 3, 2021.
Damian Mc Carthy is an award-winning filmmaker based in Cork City, Ireland. His films to date (He Dies At End, Hatch, Hungry Hickory, Never Ever Open It, How Olin Lost His Eye) have screened in many prestigious film festivals worldwide including Film4 Frightfest in London, Screamfest in LA, the New York City Horror Film Festival and the San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Film Festival. Damian is a two time winner of the Melies d’Argent Award for Best European Short Film, the Delta Film Award, the International Indie Short Film Award and the Cutting Edge Award for Best Emerging Horror Director.
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