Darkness Wakes aka The Sitter – UK, 2017 – reviews

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‘When night falls…’

Darkness Wakes – aka The Sitter – is a 2017 British supernatural horror feature film written, produced and directed by Simon Richardson. The Sinister House Films production stars Aisling Knight, Richard Kilgour and Jill Buchanan.


When Charlotte – a beautiful, broke student – is offered a job cat-sitting in a vast Georgian manor house over a long weekend, at £200 per night, she can’t believe her luck. However, her employers are far from being the harmless eccentrics that they appear to be.

When darkness falls, things start to take a far more sinister turn. Charlotte is unable to shake the feeling that her every move is being watched and it is not long before her worst fears are confirmed: there is something evil in the house with her…


In the UK, the film was released on DVD by Left Films on 28 August 2017. The disc includes behind-the-scenes footage and trailers. Wild Eye Releasing is distributing the movie in North America in June 2018; date to be announced…

Buy DVD: Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The house is super-creepy, the hooded demon terrifying and the atmosphere claustrophobic and eerily stifling […] There’s tons of gratuitous female nudity for male viewers to goggle at lustily as well, as the house seems to bring out the hussy in the prim and proper bespectacled Charlotte. If you like watching demon sex and ogling nice breasts and things, then you’ll find plenty to enjoy…” CineHouse

“Outstanding performance by the beautiful Aisling Knight who plays Charlotte as a strong-minded woman. The creepiness factor is definitely throughout in the film especially thanks to the Georgian house the film is set in. Also Richard Kilgour who plays Mr Farrow seems to be relishing playing his character and turns the creep factor to eleven.” Horrorscreams Videovault

“A film that mixes sex, violence and horror in ways that haven’t been seen since the likes of 1981′s exploitation fear flick Death Shock (directed by Lindsay Honey, aka the infamous Ben Dover) and Norman J. Warren’s oeuvre – think Prey, Inseminoid and Satan’s Slave – Darkness Wakes is a superb slice of British terror…” Nerdly

Main cast:

  • Aisling Knight … Charlotte – Exorcism (2014); Three’s a Shroud
  • Richard Kilgour … Mr. Farrow – How to Get Rid of a Ghost short
  • Jill Buchanan … Mrs. Farrow – Heretiks; Sasquatch
  • Samantha Schnitzler … Kate
  • Bjorn Franklin … Seth
  • Nick Bridge-Butler … Davis – This Thing of Darkness short
  • Jane Paul-Gets … Marie
  • Matt Veckman … Waiter
  • Raph … The Cat

Filming locations:

Oxfordshire, England
The Elgin, 255 Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale, London


The original title was Charlotte Wakes.

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