Shudder Announces Release Date for CAVEAT – Damian Mc Carthy’s Dark Thriller Lands June 3

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Leila Sykes as Olga – Caveat – Photo Credit: Shudder


Written and directed by award-winning Irish filmmaker Damian Mc Carthy

Starring Ben Caplan (Band of Brothers, Call the Midwife), 

Jonathan French (A Solider’s Voice) and Leila Sykes (Missing Something)

Jonathan French as Isaac – Caveat – Photo Credit: Shudder

SHUDDER, the premium streaming service for horror, thrillers, and the supernatural, is delighted to announce that Damian Mc Carthy’s feature debut, the unnerving cat and mouse thriller CAVEAT, will be released exclusively on SHUDDER on June 3, 2021. Filmed in Cork, Ireland, CAVEAT is Mc Carthy’s feature debut following a string of successful short horror films.

Lone drifter Isaac (Jonathan French) accepts a job to look after his landlord’s niece, Olga (Leila Sykes), for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there’s a catch: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms.

Once Olga’s uncle, Barrett (Ben Caplan) leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behavior as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house.

Jonathan French as Isaac, Ben Caplan as Barret – Caveat – Photo Credit: Shudder

With slow-building tension, CAVEAT balances creepy interiors with the beauty of Cork’s countryside to stunning visual effect. Playing out like a thoughtful, long-lost 80s chiller, CAVEAT leads the audience on a path of twist and turns to an unforgettable resolution.

CAVEAT was produced by Justin Hyne of HyneSight Films, and cinematography by Kieran Fitzgerald. The film’s music was composed by Richard G. Mitchell. Mc Carthy served as the film’s editor.

CAVEAT arrives on SHUDDER in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on June 3, 2021

Jonathan French as Isaac – Caveat – Photo Credit: Shudder


Damian Mc Carthy is an award-winning filmmaker based in Cork City, Ireland. His films to date (He Dies At End, Hatch, Hungry Hickory, Never Ever Open It, How Olin Lost His Eye) have screened in many prestigious film festivals worldwide including Film4 Frightfest in London, Screamfest in LA, the New York City Horror Film Festival and the San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Film Festival. Damian is a two time winner of the Melies d’Argent Award for Best European Short Film, the Delta Film Award, the International Indie Short Film Award and the Cutting Edge Award for Best Emerging Horror Director.


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