Pet – Review

An old dog tries to learn new tricks

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By Jay Hunter Resident weirdo? Check. Slow first and second act mistaken for character development? Check. Gruesome third act for shock value? Check. It’s a list that independent horror has been referring to for quite a number of years now – or as I like to call it “Starry Eyes Syndrome”. Since the 2014 movie, we’ve been barraged with these cookie cutter horrors week in and week out. In it’s defence, Pet at least tries to stand out from the crowd, but you can’t need teach an old dog new tricks, there’s no denying Pet needs to be put down.

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Starring Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings) as Seth. A lone wolf working in an animal shelter who one day bumps into an old school friend, Holly (Ksenia Solo, Black Swan). This off chance encounter turns into obsession when Seth kidnaps Holly, only to find out she has secrets of her own.

The overarching stale and comatose narrative is propped up by mostly strong performances and a clear passion for the genre the cast and crew are trying work within the confines of. Ultimately, interesting plot points are unfortunately pushed beneath the rug in favour of more generic tropes.

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Author: Jay Hunter

Owner of Jump Scare UK. Award nominated writer. The Playlist, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, The Guide Liverpool & more. I killed Mufasa #LFC

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