Cathedrals will fall, the river will run red... and THE BIRD will be SLAUGHTERED!

REVIEW: Die! Sitter! Die! / Rupert

– By MovieCritic NextDoor

It’s possibly a touchy subject to bring up, but all questions about health insurance aside I think pretty much everyone can agree that the cost of medical care is crazy-high. Ask Alison (Caitlin Reilly), who’s just been handed the bill for her mother’s chemotherapy, the part that insurance won’t cover: $12,868.75, because heaven forbid it should ever be a round number. That extra 75 cents just feels like a slap in the face.

She’s already working three jobs and hardly ever gets to see her boyfriend of two years, Phillip (DeMille Cole-Heard). Now faced with this staggering hospital bill, she impulsively calls the number on a poster she sees advertising for a babysitter overnight for an infant. As it happens, they could use her services that very night, and Alison agrees even though it means breaking a date with Phillip.

Arriving at the house — more of a mansion, really, complete with a Rolls-Royce in the driveway — she discovers no one around, just a note on the door saying that baby Rupert is asleep, the baby monitor is by the door, and Alison should make herself at home. It’s at this point that she should have realized she’s made a horrible mistake, because who would entrust their infant to a stranger without checking references or even meeting them? Either the most trusting souls in the world or the most horrible, that’s who, and the odds are always in favor of the latter.

Sure enough, it isn’t long before Alison realizes there’s someone else in the house (Lee Boxleitner) who is definitely not a baby and equally definitely not right in the head. He’s got nothing good in mind for poor Alison, and he really likes to toy with his prey. She isn’t the first sitter to fall into his trap, but if she has her way she’ll be the last.

And for the most part, Alison is refreshingly smart and practical about her struggle to survive, while the bad guy’s unusual motivations turn what would have otherwise been a pedestrian thriller into something disturbingly different. He alternates between enraged and just plain bizarre, with the sudden shifts adding neatly to the tension. Though only clocking in at 25 minutes, the filmmakers do a good job both building the suspense and giving Alison some characterization. Babysitting might sound like an easy way to earn some extra cash, but even when you’re desperate it’s better to approach with caution.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Slaughtered Bird Films’ BURN receives its first reviews!
Burn Slaughtered Bird Films and Dragon Egg Media’s debut film collaboration, Burn, has received its first couple of online reviews, after a preview screening at the Triple Six Horror Festival in Manchester, May 27th. Read on...
INTERVIEW: David Naughton
untitled It’s not every day you get to speak to the lead actor in possibly your favourite horror film of all time. Especially on a Tuesday. Tuesdays are usually rubbish! David Naughton should need no introduction to horror fans. Back in 1981, An American Werewolf In London had unprepared cinema goers laughing heartily one second and jumping out of their seats in terror the next. Its tale of two young American tourists coming face-to-teeth with a legendary lycanthropic beast perfectly married a genuinely funny script with razor sharp editing, groundbreaking special effects and a flawless cast to create a monster movie that is still many people’s benchmark today Read on...
Advertise HERE!
CQJR7SyWwAADBd_ We currently have advertising space available at very reasonable rates, so if you have a product you want to let people know about then please email us at theslaughteredbird@gmail.com with your needs and we can give you more info. Read on...