Sam (Joey Mintz) invites some of his high school buddies (Jodi Lin,
Leon Kirkland, Sean Deblat, Alexandra Mingione, Aya Beldi) from way back
to his father's cabin deep in the woods, somewhere in Vermont where
cellphones are not working and stuff. Basically the idea is have some
beers, smoke some weed, party a bit and see what develops - but there is
also a sadder aspect to this occasion: Sam has to put down his dog Porter,
who's suffering from cancer - so he wants to at least throw him a decent
Of course, Sam and his friends from the city are in no
way suited for life in the woods, even if it's just for the weekend, but
fortunately, there's a caretaker (Patrick McGowan) on the grounds, who
proves to be an angel in disguise, taking care of virtually everything,
down to creating a ramp for wheelchair-bound Leon (Leon Kirkland), taking
care of the generator, chopping wood for a fire, and so on and so forth.
He even promises Sam to take down Porter, just so Sam doesn't do it
himself ... so nobody suspects anything when he offers to take model
Isabella (Aya Beldi) to town to make an important phonecall. He returns
without Isabella, but tells Sam and friends she had to leave for home for
an important acting gig immediately - while actually he tried to fondle
her, killed her when she tried to make a getaway, then buried her in
Porter's stead, as he just couldn't bring himself to shoot the dog.
Sam and friends find a live Porter and Isabelle's ransacked handbag with
the caretaker though, they begin putting two and two together - and soon
it's war. Now sure, our heroes outnumber the caretaker, have youth on
their side, but he's an experienced killer, and he's armed ...
Caretaker is a film that takes some time to kick into gear - basically
it spends too much time setting up the situation and characters before it
kicks into gear, even if the caretaker is identified as a psycho from very
early on. However, once the film kicks into gear it goes really wild and
tense, and remains totally unpredictable for the remainder - and even the
set-up isn't actually bad, as the characters and their situations are
interesting enough and well-portrayed, it just could have been trimmed and
better paced for optimum effect. And in all, a totally worthwhile movie.