Since becoming a reviewer, there hasn’t been a time to where I felt nervous about doing justice when writing about a film – that is, until I watched Pet. Early this year, I was so thrilled with the movie Don’t Breathe that I honestly didn’t think anything would top it. I’m now eating my own words and giving credit to what I am calling The Best Horror Movie of 2016. I am about to post the trailer. However, I am going to ask you not to watch it. I say this because this is a movie that you should watch without any prior knowledge of the film… just let it completely encompass your mind. Once you watch it, tell your friends! Word needs to get out on this movie so that everyone else can enjoy the fantastic 94 minute ride that I have now watched twice within the past twenty-four hours.
Written by Jeremy Slater and directed by Carles Torrens, Pet first premiered at South by Southwest in March 2016. It then debuted in theaters on December 2nd and is ironically the lowest grossing moving of 2016 with a box office take of just $70. This speaks volumes to me and how box office numbers don’t really mean two shits. This movie is freaking epic and if you disagree with me, I don’t see how we can be friends. Just kidding. Kinda.
RETRACTION: After publishing my review of Pet, it has come to my attention that those box office numbers are way off and actually did quite well in theaters! The Internet has hoaxed us once again. I was going to say have you people lost your damn mind? You can catch this on VOD and Amazon to Rent! It is scheduled for DVD release for December 27thm 2016 so be sure to get your pre-orders in now!!
The plot follows Seth (Dominic Monaghan), a lonely pet shelter worker who runs into his high school crush, Holly (Ksenia Solo). He begins to pry and try to find a way into her life. Soon after been rejected, he captures her and makes her his prisoner. Will there be any saving? Or will it end in a bloody mess? No spoilers here.
Without giving anything away, I am going to do my best to tell you why this movie is a must watch. First and foremost, there are parts of Pet that will pull at your heart strings. There was one scene in particular that, after watching it, I swear I could feel my heart plummet into my stomach. Second of all, Solo’s portrayal of Holly is of superior acting ability. Damn, that girl can act! As for Monaghan, he will make you think of all the nerdy kids that never stood a chance with the hottest girls in school, sitting at home on a Friday night and stalking all of their social media accounts.
Pet is a must see horror movie of 2016. It is dark and twisty and will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what’s to come next. The collaboration between Slater’s script and Torrens’ direction is impeccable and unpredictable. If you know me, I don’t say that lightly. Then again, seeing is believing, so don’t wait around until you forget about this review – watch Pet and I guarantee it will make a believer out of you. #SupportIndieHorror.