The Caretaker – Movie Review

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There are events in the lives of many people that they wish to forget. For them, the psychological function of repression is a powerful tool that can help eliminate painful and tragic memories from the mind to the point that they can almost feel non-existent. But when these traumatic events are triggered by an object, a person, or a fleeting memory, what follows can be as equally pain-inducing as the initial event.

What happens when such an event returns to one’s consciousness with such force that emotions and actions cause unintended harm? In The Caretaker, we get a glimpse at the dangers of repression, the aftermath of tragedy gone ignored, and the repercussions of past traumatic events that swallow anyone involved in present day activities in their wake of violence.

Birdie (Sondra Kerr Blake) is an elderly woman whom many believe to be a witch. When her initial caretaker has had enough of her shenanigans and the strange events that surround her, Birdie’s granddaughter, Mallorie (Meegan Walker), finds herself tasked with keeping watch over her grandmother. Along with Mallorie’s boyfriend, August (Sean Martini), the duo do their best to care for the aged woman; but mysterious things begin to happen around the house.

Mallorie soon starts having visions and sleepwalking. It’s all a bit much for August who wants nothing more than to get away from the creepy house and its ancient inhabitant (and she doesn’t care much for him, either). When Mallorie uncovers a truth about her grandmother’s past that she had long since repressed, the young woman finds herself trapped in the powerful grip of a world she had once thought gone forever.

Filled with plenty of twists and many creepy moments, The Caretaker draws you into its mysterious narrative and unfolds piece-by-piece until the final revelation leaves you both shocked and a tad off-kilter. It’s a solid work of supernatural storytelling that will have you on the edge of your seat until the screen goes black.

Look for character actor Barry Jenner in one of his final performances. TV fans will know him best as Lieutenant Murtaugh on Family Matters and as Admiral Ross on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Jenner and the rest of the cast deliver stellar performances that are both entertaining and intriguing to watch.

I recommend The Caretaker!

The Caretaker is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital platforms.

What’s your favorite supernatural-based movie? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Lucifer: The Complete First Season – DVD Review

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Lucifer

Who ever thought a TV series about the Devil would be this much fun! Lucifer is a wildly entertaining show that takes every preconceived notion we have about the Dark Lord himself, Lucifer, and turns it on its head. He may be the ruler of the Underworld, but on this series we get to know a fresh side of this fallen angel.

Tired of running Hell, Lucifer retires and escapes to Los Angeles where he and some of his followers from his previous occupation run a swanky bar in Downtown L.A. He’s a charismatic man who charms the ladies and gets what he wants (he is the Devil after all). Along with his immortality, his penchant for getting people to tell him their darkest secrets, and his love of showing charlatans and baddies a glimpse at his true self, Lucifer has also started to develop feelings that are human in nature. This only complicates things as Lucifer finds himself inadvertently assisting in a homicide case with the LAPD. At first his presence is seen as a nuisance, but he soon proves himself to be a valuable ally in the war against the criminal element of Los Angeles.

While it plays like a standard cop procedural, Lucifer’s uniqueness given its main character is the Devil himself lends the series to a wide range of intriguing possibilities. The supernatural element also helps to elevate the comedic aspects of the series, and with Lucifer’s dry wit and his love of being Lucifer it makes each episode extremely enjoyable.

The DVD special features include:

Four Character Profiles

A closer look at four of Lucifer’s main cast.

Devilish Duo

Interviews with Tom Ellis (Lucifer) and Lauren German (Detective Chloe Decker) about their characters and their unique partnership.

Lucifer Morningstar

An interview Tom Ellis who plays Lucifer.

Lucifer 2015 Comic-Con Panel

Unaired Scenes (indicated by the “scissors” icon next to each episode selection)

Gag Reel

A wicked good time, I highly recommend Lucifer: The Complete First Season for a devilishly fun twist on the classic cop drama formula.

Lucifer: The Complete First Season is available NOW on DVD and Blu-ray!