Written by J. Weagle
The best thing that can be said about Pet, is that it genuinely has some decent plot twists that caught me off guard. I went in thinking I had Pet narrowed into a genre, but it comes out of left field and manages to stand out because of it. If you go in expecting your typical horror story of perverted guy who becomes obsessed with attractive girl and his desires ultimately turn sinister you’ll be pleasantly surprised that there is more beneath the surface here.
Pet tells the story of Seth, a lonely man who bumps into an old crush and overtime grows more and more obsessed with her. His obsession reaches its limit, or so we believe, and he kidnaps her and holds her captive in a cage below an animal shelter where he works. It is very difficult to go into details on the plot without spoiling the twist, but it is safe to say that this girl has sinister intentions as well. The first half of the film plays out about how you’d expect it to, but it really hits its stride around the midway mark and forms into a much more interesting psychological story. It’s an innovative approach to a sub genre that usually doesn’t get much in the way of innovation and while sometimes the story feels a bit over the top, it does a terrific job of keeping you on your toes.
The real star of Pet is Ksenia Solo who plays Holly the girl in the cage. She is a real force in this movie showing a full range that once again would only spoil the film if I gave too much detail. During the first half you will sympathize with her situation and root for her to survive and by the time the end credits role she’ll be a thing of nightmares. Overall the cast is rather small, but everyone does a decent job, and Dominic Morgan as Seth ends up being perfect casting as he plays off his co-star without any hiccups.
As I’ve mentioned, Pet has a very unexpected plot that at first left me unsure of how I felt about it. While I was happy that it wasn’t a cookie cutter approach to a women in a cage movie, it in someways attempts to bite off more then it can chew and certain elements get forgotten. Characters are not as black and white as you typically find in horror films, and instead it can be difficult to find a character to cheer for.
Pet is definitely worth the watch, but I have to recommend going in with as little information about the plot as possible. It’s a refreshing film that both engages and disappoints, and while it is slow to start, it builds into a decently gripping thriller that stumbles its way to the finish line. With that being said, Pet gets praise from me for attempting something new and avoiding the straight narrow safe path.