Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Horror, Supernatural
Wild Eye Releasing | NR – 102 min. – $14.95 | August 17, 2018
Date Published: 06/18/2019 | Author: The Movieman
Wild Eye Releasing provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.
THE MOVIE — 1.25/5
|Plot Synopsis: When college student Charlotte (AISLING KNIGHT) is offered a job cat sitting in a vast Georgian manor over a long weekend for a large sum of money, she can’t believe her luck. But her employers (RICHARD KILGOUR, JILL BUCHANAN) are far from being the harmless eccentrics that they appear to be, and when darkness falls, Charlotte’s worst fears are confirmed – there is something evil in the house stalking her every move, one who has chosen her for a sinister and soul-possessing purpose.
Quick Hit Review: I really wanted to like The Sitter, titled Darkness Wakes, as I do tend to enjoy slow-building thrillers but what after what was a solid first 10 minutes or so, which included some wildly amusing over-acting from Richard Kilgour, the film devolved into having the usual thriller/horror tropes: jump scares (one including literally a cat, how clichéd) and false scares (nightmare within a nightmare) that it was an annoyance.
Beyond that, by the end which was insipidly stupid in its own right, I had many questions such as if Charlotte didn’t want to stay overnight, nothing prevented her from leaving and returning the next day; then you have concerned neighbors outright kidnapping her because, somehow, they knew what was going on but rather than taking her far away, they just take her next door. Frustrating to say the least but the ending really was the nail in the coffin for me.
That being said, I will say Aisling Knight delivers a fine performance and even in some ways brave, letting it all bare out and does manage to stay above the fray of a weak script which was written by the film’s director, Simon Richardson (who also had the editing and scoring duties). So it’s not a complete waste as I do hope Knight will find some sort of break down the line.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.0/5
|The only feature is the Short Film entitle “Night Land”. No other features, unfortunately.|
VIDEO – 4.0/5, AUDIO – 3.75/5
|Wild Eye releases The Sitter onto DVD presented with a 16×9 enhanced 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and for the most part looks good, with stark black levels which is plentiful considering a fair portion of the movie takes place in a dark house or at night. The included Dolby Digital 5.1 track is serviceable providing for clear dialogue levels; should be noted this track needs to be selected at the menu as the default option is the 2.0 track.|
OVERALL – 1.5/5
|Overall, The Sitter did have some potential wasted due to a poor script though the performance from star Aisling Knight was probably lone bright spot. The DVD offers up adequate video and audio but sadly no bonus features outside of a short film.|