This movie disguises itself as another superficial/cookie cutter horror flick....but it is so much more. The trailer threw me way off. It shows what appears to be a strong lack of depth, cast members and settings. IMMEDIATELY the story shows that Dominic Monaghan is a very flexible actor. Prior to the flick I was only familiar with Dominic's portrayal of "Mary" in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The lead female actress, Ksenia Solo, who I had never seen before in a film also showed a very nice range of acting in her role as "Holly." The story itself is fantastic and <more>
grows from something seemingly simple to something extraordinarily not so simple. Likewise, it strays from the horror genres recent lack of creativity IMO. Lastly, the settings/scenes are perfect and fit quiet nicely never making you feel like the set is dry/tedious or forced. ***IN SUMMARY: PET WAS GREA!!! The acting by the two lead characters is phenomenal, and likewise the story is awesome, leaving you with an ending that is quiet disturbing. I honestly can't believe the film currently is ranked at 6/10. Hopefully that changes.....***
Tension throughout, a modern horror masterpiece (by robertemerald)
I'm not sure why the reviews here only come up to a 5.3 average. Honestly, for a psychological horror, this is way better than that. Beautiful colour and cinematography, a modern edit, a well-balanced and artistic soundtrack, earnest cast putting in good performances, a great story you won't see coming if you haven't read any spoilers , and a sound script. There's a sense of of dread all the way through the first half. Perhaps that's where the bad reviews are coming in. Some things change, and many feel betrayed or left behind. I think that's really harsh. Movies are <more>
supposed to surprise, or allow for other possibilities than what we're used to. I am not an historian, but I wouldn't wonder that one of the reasons the Dark Ages were called the Dark Ages is because culture barely changed a jot in hundreds of years. That's simply not art as we know it today. Movies aren't bound to a formula, nor are they bound to not follow a formula. Just a thought. In any case, I have no problem recommending this movie. For a low budget indie one should just admire it for its professionalism. For me, Pet nailed every second, and was riveting throughout.
A Brilliant Dark And Twisted Love Story. (by stephenabell)
Pet is a strong and disturbing psychological thriller that delves into the depths of the abnormalities to which the human psyche can sink.Once upon a time Seth Dominic Monaghan and Holly Ksenia Solo used to attend the same school. Poor Seth had a crush on Holly but was too scared to act upon his feelings. Showing that the world is indeed a small place, years later Seth spots Holly on the bus as he's travelling to work and goes over to say hello. Unfortunately, Holly doesn't remember Seth and treats him as though he were a leper.Undaunted by this Seth takes it upon himself to <more>
install himself into her life and so starts to stalk her on the internet, making notes of all her likes and dislikes, especially the music she listens too and the places she hangs out...The film has so many depths of feeling from obsession to affection to corruption to love to depravity that, once the twists start coming, it's hard to stop watching.The writer, Jeremy Slater, has done a glorious job of making an unbelievable synopsis into a thoroughly believable story. With the brilliant direction of Carles Torrens, this is brought realistically to the screen.The two actors in the main roles are the ones responsible for holding the script and film together as they, and the characters they create, work really well together and are more than credible as two broken people finding a dark and twisted love.This movie is now one of my favourite thrillers and I would recommend it to all lovers of the twisted mind and twisted plots. It may be awhile before I watch this one again as it has made an impression on me, which is the aim of this type of film, but I will watch this film again.Respect due to all who participated in this film.
Its better then most script, the box office did not do the movie justice. This film depicts the tussle of control over the situation by two messed up minds. It does not entails the making of a huge budget movie which requires a huge budget, but the story IS pretty outstanding. It's a shame the box office does not do it justice.
Who's the real monster? (by shinsrevenge)
It's been a while since I wrote a review, but this movie was so interesting that I took the time to write down my opinion. It is about a young man and the woman he wants. When she shows no interest he starts to stalk her and build a cage to imprison her.Even though you get the feeling that he's the bad guy and she's the victim, the movie shows his motives and emotions so well that you can understand them. According to the young woman's analysis he suffers from insecurities, self-hatred, depression and loneliness. Undoubtedly this combination can lead one to dark and dangerous <more>
paths. Yet the movie manages to surprise you by revealing that things sometimes aren't as they appeared to be. Quite the opposite actually. And as things unfold and secrets come to light you'll find yourself wondering who to root for.The story is interesting enough and the acting is significantly better than I would have expected given the topic and the summary I had read before watching. Lately there seem to be many movies around that thematize crimes and delinquents often mentally ill ones from a very unique and special point of view. This is one of them. Much like "The woodsman" 2004 it may not be suitable for everyone, but I found it interesting and worthwhile.
Simply put, the majority of the world is not ready for this film. The themes portrayed in this are of a different sort horror lovers are used to and what regular folks will shrivel in disgust at. For the horror/psych thriller buff that has a knack for twisted love stories this is made for you. The buildup may be slow and you think you know what you're getting, but you don't. Trust me, you don't. Every twist I thought I saw coming...gave me another twist I wouldn't have expected. Acting wise I think Monaghan and Solo portray the characters as they're supposed to be. <more>
Downplayed, not glamorized. The twists do lack some sort of oomph factor, which sadly doesn't make it a perfect movie, but there's some strange satisfaction at the end because you understand what they mean by 'a love story'. This is certainly a new take if I've ever seen one. Just for jokes: The nice guy doesn't finish last, technically...but the nice guy surely isn't the one who gets laid.
I wasn't too sure what to expect going into 'Pet'. A lot of films like this sound promising in their synopsis and then turn out to be bland, cliché-ridden, run-of-the-mill tripe. The sad fact is that there is a lack of creativity in Hollywood these days and seemingly any old thing will pass their standards and be green lit. Early on though I could tell 'Pet' was different. Nothing I hadn't seen before had occurred, but there was a sense that the director was in complete control of his story and wasn't going to let this be just any old movie. Sure enough, about <more>
half way through the twists in the story kick in and the film never looks back from there.There's nothing better than a film where a lot more is going on than originally meets the eye. It's the most basic, but also most effective, formula for a successful and entertaining thriller. And while it sounds so simple in concept, a lot of thrillers today fail to achieve this. If your movie doesn't have a "Wow, didn't see that coming" moment, then you either didn't have a strong enough concept to begin with, or you've been lazy and haven't made the most of your idea for a script. 'Pet' has multiple "Wow" moments.I fear that some may be a little put off based on the synopsis of the film, fearing it will be too gory or gruesome. The vibe I got from reading it was a little bit along the lines of 'Saw' they actually filmed this in the same room as that excellent film . To me that was a positive thing, but I can imagine for many it would be off putting. I can assure you it's not overly gruesome. There is the odd moment of "look-away" violence, but for the most part it's more about the characters interacting with one and other.It all leads up to a very well done final scene. I honestly had no idea how they were going to finish the film, but the way they chose to do it was just perfect in my opinion. 'Pet' is a very fine movie that will please thriller lovers endlessly.
PET was a marvelous film with so much detail and substance (by cmovies-99674)
PROS: The most prominent feature of the film was its intricate plot and story line. Not only was it creative, but it also was packed with information that helped build each character to its full potential. As the watcher you slowly put pieces together and try to solve the mystery right in front of you, but there was more than just what met the eye. At first glance a movie like this is minuscule on the "to watch list," but I promise you that PET is a movie to keep in mind when picking your next movie to watch. What really keeps you on the edge of your seat though is the actors. <more>
This movie gives a whole new meaning to the word crazy, and they needed talented actors to pull it off. Lucky enough, the director found two impressive actors to carry out complex roles. You could genuinely believe that these actors lived their lives like this in their real life, it came second nature to them. To sidetrack for a little bit, the ending was also very unsettling. It completely takes your breathe away. You sit there watching this masterpiece come to an end only to get drawn back in again.CONS: Slow burner. This movie took a really long time to pick up the pace. I appreciated how the characters were developed in the mean time, but the movie felt rather "too" slow for my liking. Then when the climax comes around you are able to get drawn in, but in an unconventional way. The way the movie built up tension was different overall, but still enjoyable. When watching this movie you need to ignore how slow it is and instead you should focus on the characters.www.chorror.com