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NIGHT OF THE CAREGIVER review – Scary premise, and great practical special effects

Director: Joe Cornet
Starring: Natalie Denise Sperl, Eileen Dietz, Anna Oris, Joe Cornet, Savannah Jensen, and Eric Roberts Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes

What’s it about: A young nurse takes a job as a caregiver for a sweet elderly woman in hospice staying alone in her old and remote home. Everything seems fine enough at first but as the night moves forward strange and unsettling things start to occur. When the nurse finally realizes something evil may reside in the home she tries to get the patient and herself to safety, but it may be too late. 

What Corey thought: This was a nasty little mind fuck! Alone with a sweet but dying old lady in a creepy house in the middle of nowhere??!! Sorry! That’s like one of those horror movie rules you don’t break! There is nothing good that could come of this and that’s exactly what you get with this disturbing and tension filled film. 

On top of the premise which is scary enough the director and team used some fantastic practical effects throughout the film. I always find this a nice change of pace from the heavy VFX we see nowadays. There was a little VFX work but it never came at the cost of jeopardizing the aesthetic of the movie. I often find practical effects easier for the viewer to digest as plausible and it gives the film a much more grounded feel. The film also harkens back to the olden days where more of the horror was left to the imagination and often coaxed out of your mind with eerie music and a brooding atmosphere. I really loved the similar approach they took here. 

The actors did a solid job of selling the film, especially with its limited setting. Much of the film takes place within a couple rooms of the old house. In this form though you can almost feel the restricted and claustrophobic space our main characters had to live in. Dietz and Sperl were cast perfectly in their roles and the back and forth dialogue between them seemed natural and spontaneous. Sperl, in fact, might be ready for her turn as a modern scream queen with her portrayal in this film! Overall I enjoyed this film and it makes a great entry in the horror arena, especially as Fall and Halloween quickly approaches. 

MY RATING – 9/10 great!! 

Night of the Caregiver is now available on VOD services.


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Corey Newell
Corey Newell
“Just a guy who loves comics, movies and stuff” ⁃ Independent blogger, dad, dork, comic nerd and pop culture lover hailing from Spencerport, NY

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