Oh, dear, sweet Chah-lie, what have you done?
Remember the good old Lost days, when Dominic Monaghan sang Wonderwall and we still believed in the teeny, tiny chance Damon Lindelof had an actual plan? Yeah, me, neither.
Apparently, Charlie went on to darker things. Much darker things. Pairing with Spanish director Carles Torrens (Apartment 143, Sequence) and The Exorcist (Fox) and Fantastic Four writer Jeremy Slater, Monaghan has taken on an über creepy role as kidnapper. Because, if a girl doesn’t respond to your invitations, what else would you do but lock her up in an animal cage? Granted, this is a horror film — just acquired by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films — and, from what I’ve read, Slater turns expectations upside-down … or something, but I still find some of these Guy Wants Girl, Guy Can’t Get Girl, So He … movies troublesome. By this point, it doesn’t much matter if Pet (just typing that in this context feels skeevy) isn’t a Captivity or The Woman; it’s still sending out a certain message. That’s a slippery slope made just for sliding down, of course; with only initial descriptions available, it’s not entirely fair to condemn a film, sight unseen. That said, Pet‘s imagery and synopsis are unsettlingly ugly, no matter the final outcome. Does it matter if she eventually triumphs?
Psychological thriller about a man who bumps into an old flame [in his mind only] and subsequently becomes obsessed with her, leading him to hold her captive underneath the animal shelter where he works. But what will the victim have in store for her assailant?
There’s a lot in these clips I find troubling in more than the usual horror/thriller movie way, and perhaps, too, a fine line between entertainment and real-world happenings.
Pet costars Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy, and Nathan Parsons. It premiered at SXSW and will be in theaters and VOD December 2nd.