Sitter, The: Familiar Concept With Potential
Director: Simon Richardson
Writer: Simon Richardson
Release Date: June 2018
Release Format: TBA
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr 37 min
Shot in a real haunted house in Oxfordshire, Simon Richardson’s blood-curdling spite spookfest The Sitter tells of Charlotte (Knight), a broke college student who gets a gig to house sit for an eccentric couple for a long weekend. She couldn’t believe how lucky she is. When darkness falls, things start to take a far more sinister turn. Charlotte is unable to shake the feeling that her every move is being watched and it is not long before her worst fears are confirmed — there is something else in the house with her.
The Sitter is set to release this Summer by WildEye Releasing. An official release date has yet to be announced. The Horror production is directed by Simon Richardson, who also pens the script.
Aisling Knight (Forgive Me Journal, 2016)
Richard Kilgour (Florence Foster Jenkins, 2016)
Jill Buchanan (Doctor Strange, 2016)
Samantha Schnitzler (Into The Stream, 2016)
Bjorn Franklin (Vengeance, 2016)
The Sitter trailer starts off with a couple searching for a house sitter during the time they are away. The condition is that the person must stay in the house for three nights. A young woman accepts the job. Clips transition to strange events. The woman hears a noise and goes to investigate. A series of intense action-filled scenes follow.
The Sitter trailer captures your attention almost from the start with jump scares. However, looking at the trailer, it’s clear the story leads to one of two conclusions, or, both. Strange occurrences that suggest supernatural themes. Weird characters and creatures interweave throughout the clips. This suggests the house hides a sinister secret she has yet to discover. The synopsis alone gives this clarification away.
Based on the clips, the viewer can make predictions that the couple in the story are more than what they appear. They possess a dangerous secret, or they’re involved in a dark secret. Their search for a house sitter is their tactic to reel in a victim of an ulterior motive. This premise compares to the Horror film The House of the Devil (Ti West, 2012).
The central focus of the trailer is on the practical effects. The interesting makeup of the strange characters and creatures that pop out in the jump scares. The aesthetics here are eye-catching and are enough to make the viewer want to watch the film. Also, to delve deeper into the back-story of the couple who seem the center of foul play from the start.
The latest poster art for The Sitter is better than the alternative on IMDb. Showing a woman who portrays hysteria; her hands covering most of her face, aside from the view a blood-shot eye that’s symbolic of the evil that possesses her.
At the bottom of the poster, the words “Can You Survive the Night?” capitalized and in bold letters. It takes a more minimalist and simplistic approach while relaying the film’s message well.
This compared to the original poster of a woman with dark eyes – again, symbolic of an evil possession – hovering over the house and yard from an external view. The words “When Night Falls… Darkness Wakes” is on the poster. This tagline gives too much of the film’s plot away compared to the latest poster.
The Sitter has a concept that is familiar but also has potential to set it apart and on its own. If my predictions align based on the hunches, I get from the trailer, this film achieves its own creativity.