By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Having already received acclaim at London’s FrightFest and Los Angeles’ Screamfest, the film is headed for wider release.
Dark Sky Films has announced that it has picked up all U.S. distribution rights to CAVEAT, from award-winning Irish filmmaker Damian McCarthy, and will release it theatrically in early 2021. McCarthy, whose short films including HE DIES AT THE END, HATCH, HUNGRY HICKORY, NEVER EVER OPEN IT and HOW OLIN LOST HIS EYE have won him the Melies d’Argent Award for Best European Short Film twice among other honors, wrote and directed CAVEAT, which stars Jonathan French, Leila Sykes, Ben Caplan and Conor Dwane.
According to the official synopsis, “The film is set mainly in an isolated house on a remote island. When Isaac [French], a lone drifter with partial memory loss, accepts a job to look after his landlord’s niece Olga [Sykes] for a few days, it all seems like easy money, but there is a caveat: 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 ever-worsening psychological issues. With Isaac trapped and at the mercy of Olga, he begins to discover secrets in the house that coincide with the terrifying resurgence of his own memory.” Dark Sky parent company MPI Media Group is handling worldwide sales on CAVEAT, and will offer it at next month’s American Film Market.