Shudder, the premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, has announced that Damian McCarthy’s feature debut, the unnerving cat and mouse thriller Caveat, will be released exclusively on Shudder from 3 June 2021. Filmed in Cork, Ireland, Caveat is McCarthy’s feature debut following a string of successful short horror films.
Lone drifter Isaac (Jonathan French) accepts a job to look after his landlord’s niece, Olga (Leila 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 (Ben Caplan) leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behaviour 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 twists and turns to an unforgettable resolution.
Caveat was produced by Justin Hyne of HyneSight Films, with cinematography by Kieran Fitzgerald. The film’s music was composed by Richard G. Mitchell. McCarthy served as the film’s editor.
Caveat arrives on SHUDDER on 3 June 2021, watch the trailer here: