I absolutely love blindly discovering movies simply by scrolling through a streaming site. This is why I love Shudder so much. I’ve found so many gems this way. One of the more recent discoveries I’ve made on there was this small contained little doozy called Caveat. It’s super simple, but really chilling. Here is the brief imdb synopsis:
A lone drifter suffering from partial memory loss accepts a job to look after a psychologically troubled woman in an abandoned house on an isolated island.
What is great about Caveat is how simple it is, yet how layered it manages to be within those simple constraints. The 1st act is a great lesson in escalation, and how desperation can lead you to make some really stupid decisions. I don’t really want to give much away, but it starts by offering a man money to babysit, then escalates into him being talked into wearing a leather constraint, and chained to the interior of the house. Wait, what? Yeah, exactly. Yet somehow it escalates to this all within the 1st act! Then once things are put in motion, the atmosphere takes over from there. This movie is thicker in suspense that nonstop scares, but when the scares come, they come hard. This is a perfect example of how a small movie, with a small cast, all at mostly one location, and obviously a small budget, can still produce an incredible little chiller. I really liked this little flick and I think you will too.
Where to Watch: Streaming on Shudder and AMC+.
Food/Drink Pairing: Rabbit stew.